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April 29, 2003 - Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., Michigan's Surgeon General, will make her first official appearance in West Michigan at Aquinas College on Tuesday, May 6, 2003. Dr. Wisdom, the state's first Surgeon General, will present a briefing on the current state of Michigan's health care, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Lacks Center at Aquinas. Her appearance is being hosted by the Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Wisdom was appointed to her position in February by Governor Jennifer Granholm. She will lead Michigan's public health promotion and disease prevention efforts and will serve as the state's leading advocate for community-based health.

Dr. Wisdom served as the founder and director for the Institute on Multicultural Health at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit where she has been a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. She is also an assistant professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. In 2002, Dr. Wisdom was appointed by Secretary Tommy Thompson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Translation Advisory Committee.

Dr. Wisdom has experience in developing, implementing and evaluating innovative, culturally-relevant diabetes self-management interventions in managed care as well as in community settings. She was the founder and has been the director of a more community-based health screening initiative called the African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIMHI). Clinics were established throughout metropolitan Detroit to screen for diabetes, hypertension and stroke risk assessment and eye disease. These interventions are designed to improve short and long-term health outcomes for African American patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus and those at risk for the disease.

Regionally, Dr. Wisdom is co-chair of the Michigan Department of Community Health Diabetes Policy Advisory Council. Nationally, she is the physician leader for the American Diabetes Association Continuing Education Program for pharmacists. She also served on a National American Diabetes Association Task Force to revise the national standards for diabetes self-management.

In 2002, Crain's Detroit Business magazine bestowed its Healthcare Heroes Award to Dr. Wisdom for her work focusing on the urban healthcare crisis in the African American community.

Dr. Wisdom will hold a luncheon meeting with West Michigan health care leaders prior to her afternoon lecture. A presentation will be made on the Grand Rapids' "Get the Lead Out" program, an initiative of Aquinas' Community Leadership Institute.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlimited ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 20 states and 12 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program