Dr. Regina M. Benjamin is best known for her recent tenure as the U.S. Surgeon General. But before she assumed her role as the nation’s doctor in 2009, Dr. Benjamin gained notice for her dedicated service to the people of Bayou La Batre, an impoverished fishing village on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Dubbed an “angel in a white coat,” by the New York Times, Dr. Benjamin stitched shark bites, made house calls in her pick-up truck, and treated patients with liver disease and cancer. She treated all in need regardless of their ability to pay. When her clinic was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, she rebuilt it. When it was destroyed by fire on the eve of its re-opening, she rebuilt it again.
Dr. Benjamin arrived in Bayou La Batre through the National Health Service Corps, which offers tuition assistance to medical students who commit to working three years in underserved communities. She stayed, she has said, because there was a need and because Bayou La Batre was a place where one doctor’s presence made a difference.
Dr. Benjamin’s career reflects the theme of this year’s Schweitzer Leadership Conference, “Building Healthier Communities: The Power of One,” which takes place Nov. 2 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Benjamin will deliver the conference’s afternoon keynote address on Nov. 2. Come hear the insights and ideas this compassionate, committed leader in the field of public health has to share with us.
We will also be honoring Dr. Benjamin with the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism at a special ceremony on Nov. 1. All Fellows and Fellows for Life who register for the conference also get admission to this special evening event.
In addition to hearing from Dr. Benjamin, the Schweitzer Leadership Conference offers networking opportunities and a faculty roster of the most innovative minds currently working in the areas of health care, public policy, and social justice.
Topics we will be exploring at this year’s Leadership Conference include:
- the impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on health equity
- innovative technology uses to improve health outcomes
- how race, gender, age, and environment shape health
Register here! The deadline to book a room at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the discounted conference rate is Tuesday, October 1. Please mention the Schweitzer Leadership Conference when you book your room.
The deadline to register for the conference is Wednesday, October 23.
We are looking forward to seeing you in November!