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May 02 2013

U.S. Surgeon General to Headline HOPE Forum in Atlanta May 17th, 2013



Medical leaders to discuss national healthcare plan and responsible investments in health

ATLANTA – May 2, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE), the financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit, will host U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin for “Investing in Your Health,” a HOPE Forum exploring the impact of healthcare on the economy and solutions to improve the nation’s overall wellbeing. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean and executive vice president of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) will moderate the event on May 17 at the Operation HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer in Atlanta.

The third installment on the HOPE Forum series in Atlanta, “Investing in Your Health,” will discuss the relationship between physical and fiscal health in America and how to invest wisely in personal health. The Forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center, Ebenezer, located at the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex at 101 Jackson Street, NE. Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant will also participate in the Forum.

Dr. Benjamin has served as surgeon general since 2010. She is the former associate dean for Rural Health at the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine in Mobile and past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. In 1995, she was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She has served as president of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Rice has served in her leadership position at MSM since June 2011. In this role, she guides MSM’s academic, training, research and community health programs. Dr. Rice will guide the Forum as moderator and will also participate in the conversation. As a national leader in women’s health research, Dr. Rice is committed to eliminating disparities in access to healthcare. Prior to joining MSM, she founded the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, dedicated to studying how women’s health is affected by the relationship of biology and economics.

The HOPE Forum is open to the public and people are encouraged to register online to attend the discussion. Toward the end of the event, the Forum will open up to questions from the audience, allowing them to hear answers to their health questions from the nation’s top authorities.

About the HOPE Forum Series

Since 2000, Operation HOPE has hosted a series of regional and national forums and financial literacy empowerment conferences designed to frame the issue of financial dignity as an essential economic tool. HOPE Forums support the idea that financial literacy is a necessity for mid-to-long-term economic recovery and sustainability. They attempt to stimulate discussion on the thematically relevant topic that focuses on the future of the 700 Score Communities and how the industry can best empower the underserved. For more about HOPE Forums or how to support, visit us online.

About Operation HOPE

Operation HOPE is America’s leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial dignity empowerment organization. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is leading the “silver rights” movement, making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities. For more information, please visit