City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry to host ‘Closing the Care Gap – Facing Racial Disparities in Health Equity: Ensuring Black Lives Matter’ symposium

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Rick Kittles, Ph.D. (Moderator), Suzet McKinney, Ph.D., and Kameron Matthews, M.D., to speak at free virtual event on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
 
DUARTE, Calif. — City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, announced today that its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group and Future Hope committee have teamed with Division of Health Equities Director Rick Kittles, Ph.D., to present a virtual program with the objective of identifying areas where each of us can contribute toward the goal of achieving health equity. The “Closing the Care Gap – Facing Racial Disparities in Health Equity: Ensuring Black Lives Matter” symposium will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST and is presented by Universal Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner Chappell Music. The gravity of this moment cannot be overstated, and while inclusion has always been at the core of City of Hope’s work, current events have made it even more imperative. The symposium will be free to the public, as City of Hope and three of the music industry’s most influential powerhouses unite to deliver a message that supersedes any professional boundaries. Kittles will be joined by Suzet McKinney, Ph.D., CEO/executive director, Illinois Medical District, and Kameron Matthews, M.D., assistant under secretary for Health for Community Care, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
 
City of Hope was founded over a century ago on the principle that health is a human right. That spirit of inclusion carries on to this day through the work of City of Hope’s Division of Health Equities, which is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of race, age or gender, receive the best cancer care available. City of Hope scientists lead innovative research projects that explore how one’s environment, socioeconomic status and lifestyle choices could contribute to systemic health disparities. Kittles, for example, is looking at a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and heightened risk for prostate cancer in African American men. City of Hope also provides community programs —educational materials, workshops, presentations and skill-building demonstrations — that effectively narrow the health care gap and empower people to advocate for their health.
 
“The historic lack of attention on the health of poor communities of color in this country has led to systematic disparities in health and health outcomes, increased financial insecurity and toxicity, and the extreme lack of trust for biomedical research and the health care community,” remarked Kittles, associate director of Health Equities at City of Hope. “Sadly, many of the health disparities we see can be eliminated if focused prevention strategies were employed and if diseases were caught early.”
 
The 90-minute program is divided into four segments, allowing viewers to watch the entire program or select a particular subject area of interest.
 
  • SEGMENT 1: Overview of Disparities: Biology and Family History
  • SEGMENT 2: Public Health: Prevention and Access to Care
  • SEGMENT 3: Health Care Partnerships: FQHCs/community health
  • SEGMENT 4: Moderated Q&A
 
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About Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 48 offices in 46 countries. Headquartered in Los Angeles, UMPG represents music across every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Alex Da Kid, Axwell & Ingrosso, J Balvin, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Bee Gees, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco, Chris Brown, Kane Brown, Mariah Carey, Brandi Carlile, Michael Chabon, Kenny Chesney, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, DaBaby, Jason Derulo, Alexandre Desplat, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Don Henley, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tobias Jesso Jr., Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Alicia Keys, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Linkin Park, Logic, Demi Lovato, the Mamas & the Papas, Steve Mac, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Metro Boomin, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Stephan Moccio, Maren Morris, Mumford & Sons, Randy Newman, New Order, Ne-Yo, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Quavo, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rex Orange County, Rosalía, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Stax (East Memphis Music), Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, SZA, Shania Twain, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Troy Verges, Jack White, Zedd and many more.
 
 
About Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the leading global music publisher, which is home to world-class songwriters, legendary catalogues, and industry-leading synchronization licensing and production music businesses. With an international network of 38 offices, Sony/ATV represents many of the most iconic songs ever written by celebrated songwriters such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen and The Rolling Stones, as well as contemporary superstars including Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, P!nk, and Sam Smith.
 
About Warner Chappell Music
Warner Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. Warner Chappell, which has a history dating back more than 200 years, currently publishes and administers music from Lizzo, Quincy Jones, Thomas Rhett, Pop Smoke, Summer Walker, The Grateful Dead, Santigold, Justin Tranter, Tones and I, Katy Perry, Tayla Parx, Lukas Graham, Ava Max, Led Zeppelin, Little Big Town, Madonna, Gamble & Huff, Alan Menken, Duran Duran, George Michael, Gene Autry Music Group catalog, Julia Michaels, Lin Manuel Miranda, Pharrell Williams, Radiohead, Stephen Schwartz, Slash, Stephen Sondheim, Chris Stapleton, Rod Temperton, Tove Lo, Steve Aoki, Blur, Eric Clapton, Green Day, and Twenty One Pilots, among many others.
 
About City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group 
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the nonprofit’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group in 1973. 

In its 47-year history, the group has raised more than $128 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry. The dedication and determination of this group has earned it a revered place within a nationwide network of volunteer groups and chapters who give their time to support City of Hope’s research, treatment and educational programs. 
  
About City of Hope 
City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope has been ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram