Live Events

Health Disparities

4.16.21 - 4.17.21
Health Disparities CME

Health Disparities 2021:

Moving Forward to Close the Gap in Minority and Ethnic Populations


April 16, 2021, 2:00pm - 6:00 pm EST

April 17, 2021, 8:00 am - 12:15 pm EST


Stroke, heart attacks and other related health disparities are devastating to communities across our nation due to their broad impact. These disparities ultimately result in death, disability, or limited engagement that leads to negative consequences in terms of financial stability, work-force numbers, care-giving, availability of expertise and guidance, with disproportionately higher rates in the African American and other minority communities. Greater awareness of the major issues surrounding stroke, heart attack and other health disparities in these populations is needed, as awareness is the first step in bringing about positive change. This conference will provide the evidence underlying stroke and other health disparities and will include a discussion of solutions to overcome the obstacles through lectures, case presentations, expert panels, and patient panels led by a nationally renowned faculty.

Directors & Faculty


Gwendolyn Lynch, MD
Director, Minority Stroke Program

Additional Faculty

Linda Bradley, MD
Professor of Ob-Gyn & Reproductive Biology

Todd Breaux, MD
Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute

Quinn Capers, IV, MD
Vice Chair, Internal Medicine Diversity and Inclusion, UT Southwestern

Karen Cooper, DO
Director, Women's Health Institute, Weight Management

George Howard, DrPH
Chair, Biostatistics, University of Alabama

Shazam Hussain, MD, FRCP(C), FAHA
Director, Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic

G. Abbas Kharal, MD, MPH
Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic

Geoffrey Lake, MBA, MSW
Care Coordination Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Andrew Russman, DO
Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc
Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Muhammad Samad
Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic

Dylan Wint
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Cleveland Clinic



Learning Objectives

•Critically assess the outcomes of local and national efforts to eliminate stroke and other health disparities in minorities and ethnic groups.

•List challenges clinicians and patients/communities face that contribute to health disparities.

•Describe the recent insights regarding social determinants of health and its impact on patient care.

•Critically assess the impact of optimizing the Doctor-Patient relationship on eliminating stroke and other health disparities.

•List the major areas where there are knowledge gaps in our understanding about stroke and other health disparities and identify interventions to mitigate these disparities.

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.Participants claiming CME credit from this internet live activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Other Health Care Professionals

A certificate of participation will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.