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Morehouse School of Medicine celebrates contributions of Hank Aaron and raises $800,000 to advance health equity

4/20/2017, 5:54 p.m.
Morehouse School of Medicine celebrates the generous contributions of Henry “Hank” Aaron—as the Louis C. Vanguard recipient—to the Atlanta health ...
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Morehouse School of Medicine celebrates the generous contributions of Henry “Hank” Aaron—as the Louis C. Vanguard recipient—to the Atlanta health community and allows donors to experience how the school is leading the creation and advancement of health equity during the 10th annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Celebration Thursday, April 13. This year’s sold-out event, co-chaired by Ted Decker, executive vice president of merchandising for The Home Depot, and Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Arnika Dawkins (’87), owner of CaduceusUSA and the Arnika Dawkins Gallery, has raised more than $800,000.

The evening’s events will allow attendees to visit and share with faculty, staff and students during a series of interactive experiences in the school’s Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care. 

“This annual celebration is not only a thank you to our members, but a chance to show how their contributions are impacting the lives of students and those most vulnerable in our communities through scholarships, investment of research, health care and health,” explained MSM President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. “Their generous support is cultivating the next generation of health and science professionals in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics [STEAM] programs.” 

Named for the school’s founder, the late Dr. Hugh M. Gloster, since 2006 the society has donated more than $10.5 million to support the school’s mission. The donations have been used to improve overall health and well-being, diversify the health and scientific workforce and improve primary health care, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia, the nation and the world.

To learn more about MSM’s mission in action and how you can get involved, visit msm.edu.

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for its social mission based on its production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. For more information, please visit www.msm.edu.