WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: William E. Carter Amer­ican Legion Post No. 16

1531 Blue Hill Ave. Mat­tapan, MA 02126

WHO: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Tri Ad Vet­erans League, Inc. (Boston-​​based grass­roots group of African-​​American veterans)

WHAT: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Tri Ad Vet­erans League, Inc. are holding a press con­fer­ence to announce the find­ings of a pilot study, titled “Health Expe­ri­ences and Health Status of African-​​American Vet­erans.” The report, pre­pared for the Boston Public Health Com­mis­sion (BHCP) by the Insti­tute on Urban Health Research at North­eastern with the help of the Tri Ad Vet­erans, sur­veyed Boston-​​area African-​​American vet­erans to assess their health status, as well as their per­ceived dis­crim­i­na­tion from health care providers and their expe­ri­ences in health care.

Par­tially funded by the BHCP and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the study was con­ducted in the spring and summer of 2006 with a group of African-​​American vet­erans in Boston. Find­ings from the study include:

  • 78% of the respondents recalled having an experience of discrimination where they received health care services
  • About two-thirds of the sample did not use VA as their sole provider, although only about 10% indicated a lack of willingness to use the VA in the future
  • Uncovered were significant relationships between perceived discrimination from health care providers and satisfaction with care, and between quality of care and physical functioning

Guests invited to the event include Gov­ernor Deval Patrick; rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the offices of Sen­ator John Kerry and Con­gressman Stephen Lynch; Sen­ator Diane Wilk­erson; Mass­a­chu­setts Sec­re­tary of Vet­eran Ser­vices Tom Kelly; rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Boston Public Health Com­mis­sion and the Mass­a­chu­setts Exec­u­tive Office of Health and Human Ser­vices; and com­mu­nity leaders.

For more infor­ma­tion on the press con­fer­ence and the pilot study, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.