1st African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit September 19 & 20, 2005 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC
The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN) convened the first ever “African American Prostate Cancer Disparity
Summit” in September 2005. Senator JOHN KERRY (D-MA), a prostate cancer survivor, and Congressman GREGORY MEEKS (D-NY)
collaborated with PHEN to host this milestone event on Capitol Hill. They are pictured above with PHEN president THOMAS FARRINGTON.
The primary objective of this first summit was to assemble congressional leaders, medical and research specialists, survivors
and advocates to collectively address the disparity issue. Click on the program image above for information on
the broad cross – section of individuals who participated in the summit.
Another import summit objective was to raise national awareness about the depths of the disparity. Prior to
the summit PHEN had met with members of the U. S. Congressional Black Caucus to educate them
on the issue and to request their active participation in PHEN outreach initiatives. Pictured above on the right is FARRINGTON
with Congressmen BUTTERFIELD (D-NC), CLYBURN (D-SC) and WATT (D-NC). Click on this picture to listen to
the recorded prostate health awareness messages of eighteen members of the Black Caucus.
The first summit was highly successful and it was decided to make this an annual meeting.
During the summit FARRINGTON was a guest on the “TOM JOYNER Morning Show.” Click on the radio image below to listen to the interview.