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Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA President, NY Mayor de Blasio to Speak at Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention

June 25, 2019




Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA President, NY Mayor de Blasio to Speak at Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention

Health Day Program Tackles Issues of Addictions and Mental Health


CHICAGO (June 24, 2019) - Dr. Patrice Harris, a psychiatrist and the first African American woman president of the American Medical Association (AMA); Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL 2nd Dist) and Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, president of the National Medical Association (NMA) will be featured speakers with Rainbow PUSH founder Rev. Jessse Jackson, Sr. at the Health Day Leaders Breakfast and panel discussion at Rainbow PUSH’s Annual International Convention on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street.  They will be joined by Democratic presidential hopeful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, mental health care advocate, Chirlane McCray.  The Health Day Leaders Breakfast doors open at 7:30 a.m., breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Moderator for the breakfast discussion will be Dorothy Tucker, CBS-TV 2, and member National Association of Black Journalists.


Breakfast will be followed by a distinguished panel of doctors, healthcare professionals and CEOs who will discuss addictions and mental health.  Moderated by Dr. Terry Mason, WVON Radio and Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, the health plenary will run from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Focus topics include stigma and mental health, street drugs/opioid epidemic, PTSD, treating marginalized populations and more.  Serving on the panel are:


Dennis Deer, Cook County Commissioner

George Miller, President and CEO, The Loretto Hospital

Dr. Lakshmi S. Emory, IlliniCare Health

Joel Johnson, M. Ed., President, Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI)

Dr. Knitasha V. Washington, President & Founder, ATW Health Solutions


More than 200 healthcare professionals, activists, elected officials and community leaders are expected to attend.  PUSH Health Day is on the fourth day of the international convention which runs June 28 through July 2, 2019 with events throughout the city.  The convention’s Health Day is sponsored by IlliniCare Health and Walgreens.


The title of this year’s gathering of one of the country’s preeminent civil rights and human rights organizations is “400 Years Later: Repairing the Damage Done, 1619 – 2019.”

The convention, which will include a delegation of more than 100 elected officials, students, diplomats, educators and business leaders from across Africa, is dedicated to the 400-year anniversary of the first documented forced arrival of Africans to English North America.


To register for the convention and for more information go to www.rainbowpush.org.



Wynona Redmond

Thelma A. Walker


Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.

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