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DALLAS/FORT WORTH (September 24, 2014) – Artemis Medial Society announced today the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has agreed to sponsor its inaugural conference in Dallas, Texas.  The sponsorship by W. K. Kellogg Foundation will be used to support physician breastfeeding education and advocacy during the conference.  The conference will take place September 26 to 28, 2014 at the Westin Galleria Dallas hotel.  For the full conference itinerary visit http://bit.ly/1tLXqLt.

“We are honored to receive support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for our inaugural conference,” said Dr. Deonza Thymes, Vice President of Programming, Artemis Medical Society.  “Our organization and members care about the health of our patients and our communities.  By being able to work with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation on an important public health issue like breastfeeding, it helps us fulfill our mission of ensuring quality healthcare for all.”

“The science is clear, breastfeeding is one of the best preventative health measures for both babies and mothers,” said Diana N. Derige, program officer leading the First Food work at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Physicians play such a vital role in our society and can be important advocates for breastfeeding, and particularly where disparities in breastfeeding rates persist. That’s why the Kellogg Foundation is proud to partner with the Artemis Medical Society so that breastfeeding education and advocacy is addressed at this conference.”

Artemis Medical Society Member and Founder of Healthy Mommy, Happy Baby Hedwige “Dr. Didi” Saint Louis, MD will speak to conference attendees on the role of the physician in supporting breastfeeding at the luncheon on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  “As women physicians of color, we have a clear understanding of how crucial it is for us to be the messenger to other women of color on the importance of breastfeeding,” said Dr. Saint Louis.  “For example, we know African-American women are less likely to breastfeed and how more must be done to reach these new moms and share the benefits of breastfeeding, especially in her child’s early development.  The conference is the perfect opportunity to reinforce this message with my colleagues and prepare them to return to their communities as strong breastfeeding advocates.  We are very thankful for the support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and look forward to working with them on this important public health issue.”

Artemis Medical Society helps promote an environment in medicine where women of color from around the world can come together to support and learn from each other across all medical specialties. Since their formation they have worked diligently to create a supportive environment by fostering a strong sense of community among their membership. Artemis Medical Society believes women physicians of color are a vital part of an effective physician workforce that is responsive to, and aims to deliver quality healthcare to our increasingly diverse communities. Through mentoring, networking and advocacy, the organization is providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to our rapidly changing society.

Learn more about Artemis Medical Society at www.artemismedicalsociety.org.

Press Contacts

 

William Schlitz, (510) 701-0810, admin@artemismedicalsociety.org

Malizy Scruggs, (469) 226-7131, malizy@christianmadisonpr.com

 

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