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City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta University Center Consortium leaders announced the launch of a new camera surveillance program. The president of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, is pictured right.
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The Atlanta University Center Consortium and the Atlanta Police Department unveiled $700,000 worth of security cameras and license plate readers on Tuesday.

During Dr. John Wilson Jr.'s first week as president of Morehouse College in January 2013, there was an armed robbery on campus, and a few days later, a student was shot near the campus. Since then, Wilson says he's been asking the city of Atlanta for help.

Closer Look: Morehouse School Of Medicine; And More

Sep 16, 2016
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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that the state will give $70 million to Morehouse School of Medicine and Mercer University’s medical school.  

The money comes from a settlement with the federal government over disputed Medicaid reimbursements. Deal said the two schools were chosen because of their efforts to place graduates in rural and underserved areas in Georgia.

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The American Medical Student Association and a watchdog group, Public Citizen, are concerned by a federally funded study that includes medical residents from Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The iCOMPARE study, led by Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School looks at how internal medicine residents working longer shifts of 28 hours or more, affect patient care.

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, right, President of Morehouse School of Medicine, talks about the decline of African-American males in medicine, while Dr. Benjamin Renelus, a third year internal-medicine resident listens.
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The number of African-American men graduating from college over the past three decades has steadily increased. But, despite those overall numbers, medical school applications and enrollments by black men has steadily declined since the mid-1970s.

The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, attributes the decrease to a range of factors.

Morehouse School of Medicine President Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and third year internal medicine resident Dr. Benjamin Renelus discussed those factors and more on “Closer Look.”

Older African-American ladies work out with strength bands.

Genetics, personal habits, even a neighborhood can all affect a person's health. A new research center created by Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine is looking at health disparities, especially in the African-American community. But instead of focusing exclusively on what makes people sick, researchers will explore what's different about the healthiest people. 

Doctor injecting a patient with placebo as part of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
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Minority populations in the United States are at a greater risk of developing certain diseases like cancer, hypertension and other chronic illnesses. Yet these populations are commonly underrepresented in clinical trials, which serve as a major means of developing new drugs, treatment therapies, and even medical devices.

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Dariel Fowler is a rising sophomore at South Cobb High School. She says she sees a lot of girls at her school who are pregnant. 

“They drop out of school, they can’t take care of their kids or they [get] abortions,” she says. 

But not her. In 2010, Dariel was one of the 200 at-risk youth chosen to participate in a five-year afterschool teenage pregnancy prevention program. The program has centers in Monticello, Barnesville and Atlanta. 

Wednesday's elaborate, two-hour Ebola press conference/televised round table discussion took place at Georgia Public Broadcasting's TV studios. Organizers used the opportunity to both tout their findings and appeal for more funding.
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Some of Atlanta’s top minds believe the cure for Ebola could be hidden in five native African plants.

Among those touting the natural cure at a two-hour press conference and round-table discussion on Wednesday was former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. He said the idea of a natural Ebola treatment stemmed from a conversation he had with a doctor from Senegal.

Young asked the doctor how Africans dealt with Ebola in previous generations.

“I said ‘Don’t think in your French medicine capacity. Think in the capacity of your grandfather’s medicine,'" Young said. 

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher is still focused on eliminating health disparities.

Satcher, now the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, was the 16th surgeon general of the United States and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appointed by former President Bill Clinton and sworn in on Feb. 13, 1998, he served a four year term as U.S. surgeon general.

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The Morehouse School of Medicine – not to be confused with Morehouse College – is a historically black medical school in downtown Atlanta. 

Since 1975, it’s graduated more than 1,400 students. Many students and faculty members work with the Grady Health system and local community clinics. 

In Conversation with Dr. Louis Sullivan

Apr 6, 2014

In this installment of Valerie Jackson in Conversation, Mrs. Jackson talks with Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Chairman of the Board at Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Dr. Sullivan discusses his latest  book, Breaking Ground, My Life in Medicine, the early days and development of the School of Medicine, and much more.