Sept. 21 marks the third annual "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day," part of a Health and Human Services-ABC Radio Networks campaign spearheaded by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. The campaign aims to reduce health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging individuals to go to a doctor or health professional for a physical screening. Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner also is leading the effort for this third year as Chairperson of the event.
The campaign is part of "Closing the Health Gap," a partnership launched in 2001 that combines HHS with the broadcast resources of ABC Radio Networks and the efforts of national and community-based organizations. As part of the campaign, ABC Radio Networks will air Doctor Day public service announcements across more than 240 Urban Advantage Network stations, which reach 19 million African-Americans weekly. Additionally, the network is coordinating localized events, live remotes, and celebrity and political interviews on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Doug Banks Morning Show.
"Doctor Day is about bringing people to health care early, when diseases can be prevented or treated successfully. It is also about creating awareness, providing information and motivating Americans to make healthier lifestyle choices," said Thompson.
HHS has set up a Web site and toll-free number for more details. Visit www.healthgap.omhrc.gov or call (800) 444-6472.