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March 29, 2005 -- No. 137

Doctor, recipient of ‘Use Your Life Award’ to give
motivational speech to area undergraduates

Thursday (March 31), 10 a.m.
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building auditorium
UNC campus

Media representatives are invited to cover a speech given by Dr. Gloria WilderBrathwaite, medical director of the Children’s Health Project of D.C., as part of a Health Professions Forum hosted by the N.C. Health Careers Access Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An estimated 150 undergraduates from area colleges and universities will attend the speech, the ninth annual Inspirational Speakers in Science Lecture.

WilderBrathwaite, known as "Dr. Gloria" to her patients, will speak on "The Haves vs. the Have Nots: In Health Care, Does Class Matter?" She will use her own life story to urge minority young people to pursue career opportunities in health care.

WilderBrathwaite was raised by a single mother in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a scholarship to Howard University, where she majored in microbiology and chemistry. She then earned her master’s degree in public health from George Washington University and her medical degree from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine.

WilderBrathwaite received the Oprah’s Angel Network "Use Your Life Award" in 2002. The award recognizes grassroots organizations or people who are making a difference in the lives of others. Oprah’s Angel Network presented her with $100,000 to continue and expand health care to children in the Anacostia community, one of the most disadvantaged areas of Washington, D.C.

The Children’s Health Project of D.C., a part of the Children’s Health Fund National Children’s Health Project Network, was launched in September 1992 to serve the primary care medical needs of children living in some of Washington, D.C.’s most disadvantaged communities. Patient visits are conducted aboard two mobile units and out of a fixed-site clinic. The organization provides health-care services at two housing sites, a group home for children with HIV-AIDS, a church and a community center.

For more information on the UNC-based N.C. Health Careers Access Program, visit http://nc-hcap.unc.edu.

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N.C. Health Careers Access Program contact: Renee King, (919) 966-2264 or rhking@email.unc.edu

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