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Confirmed Speakers and Workshop leaders!

  • Dr. Ronald Copeland
  • Dr. Charles Modlin
  • Dr. Lolita McDavid
  • Dr. Kendalle Cobb
  • Dr. Walter J. Clark
  • Dr. Toni Love Johnson
  • Dr. Stacey Jolly
  • Dr. Sonja Harris-Haywood
  • Dr. Margaret McKenzie
  • Dr. Henry Ng

Dr. Ronald CopelandPresident and Executive Medical Director
Ohio Permanente Medical Group
Dr. Ronald L. Copeland is the President and Executive Medical Director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group, with executive responsibility for all clinical care services provided to Ohio Kaiser Permanente members. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and continues a limited practice.

After 15 years in this role, effective January 1, 2013, Dr. Copeland will move from Cleveland, Ohio to the California Bay area to become Senior Vice President, National Diversity Strategy and Policy and Chief Diversity Officer for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. out of the Program Office in Oakland, CA.

A native of Rochester New York, Dr. Copeland earned his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical College. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 after a six-year honorable tour of duty in the USAF Medical Corps.

Dr. Copeland serves on several Kaiser national committees, including: Kaiser Permanente National Diversity Council (Co-chairman), KP Institute for Culturally Competent Care.

Additionally, he serves on the boards of several not-for-profit community organizations, including: the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Free Clinic, and the Minority Organ Tissue and Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP, Chairman). He has previously served on the Greater Cleveland and National American Heart Association Boards and currently serves as a Power to End Stroke Ambassador, as well as a member of the AHA Diversity Leadership Committee.  He is a frequent lecturer on leadership development, culturally competent care and community health issues.

Dr. Charles Modlin

Charles Modlin, MD, FACS, is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist and Founder and Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute and is Executive Director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic.

In 1983, Dr. Modlin graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with a degree in chemistry. He received his medical school education at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, graduating in 1987. He the moved to New York City, where he completed a six-year residency in urological surgery at New York University in 1993. He came to Cleveland in 1993, where he completed a three-year fellowship in basic science transplant immunology and clinical renovascular and renal transplantation surgery. In 1996, he joined the Staff of Cleveland Clinic's Urological Institute with a joint staff appointment within the Transplant Center. He has authored scientific publications and presented scientific research at national meetings.

Dr. Modlin is not only the sole African American transplant surgeon in Northeastern Ohio, but he represents one of only 17 African American transplant surgeons in the entire United States.
A special area of interest of Dr. Modlin is the issue of healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in the United States. Minority patients suffer a disproportionate burden of disease in many areas, such as prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and need for kidney transplantation. To this end, Dr. Modlin has developed a dedicated Minority Men’s Health Center and Center for Health Equity at Cleveland Clinic. The center conducts dedicated research into elimination of minority healthcare disparities and provides community outreach as well as direct patient care and public education to minority patients.

Dr. Modlin is board-certified in urology and a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the Urologic Society of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. He is Chair of the MOTTEP of Cleveland Education and Medical Advisory Board. He also serves as an elected member of the Northwestern University Medical School Alumni National Board. He is Chair of the Cleveland NAACP Health Committee and Chairs the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Health Committee.
Some of Dr. Modlins’ honors and notoriety include the 2006 Ohio Commission on Minority Health Leadership Award, Humanitarian Award from the Kappa Fraternity, 2006 National Physician of the Year Award from the National Technical Association, an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University in recognition of his professional accomplishments and honor to his alma mater, several community leadership and service recognitions/awards and appearances on Cleveland television and radio newscasts, among others. He was one of the first inductees of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland and has received two proclamations from Cleveland City Council and the Cleveland Mayor for his outstanding community outreach to the minority community and mentorship to children. He sits on and holds offices on several boards including the National Medical Association, Cleveland NAACP, 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, the Shaker Schools Foundation, Bellflower Center for Child Abuse, and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. He has also been recognized as a national leader and spokesman for the elimination of health disparities.

Dr. Modlin has held positions on the United Network of Organ Sharing Minority Affairs Committee and was the UNOS Representative from the National Medical Association. Other professional highlights include receiving the Cleveland Greater Cleveland Partnership MLK Community Service Award in 2007, the MOTTEP Man of the Year Award in 2000 and named one of Cleveland's 100 Most Influential by the Call & Post newspaper and in 2011 he was listed as one of America's Top 21 Outstanding Black Doctors.

On the home front, he is married and is the father of four children.

Lolita M. McDavid MD, MPA is Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, the pediatric hospital of University Hospitals of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She is responsible for community outreach and programming as well as coordinating the medical services for the Child Protection Unit, serving at-risk children and families in Northeast Ohio.  She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CWRU.  The Office of Child Advocacy initiated Voices for Ohio’s Children, the leading child advocacy organization in the state.

From 1991 to 1995, she directed the Greater Cleveland Project of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF).  The project, which focused on the improvement and extension of health, anti-poverty, preschool and child support programs for local youngsters, was the first county-based advocacy effort in the country for the national Children’s Defense Fund.

Prior to her work with CDF, McDavid was Head of General Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center (MHMC), the largest public hospital in Ohio.  At MHMC she directed the pediatric clinics, the newborn nursery, and coordinated the pediatric emergency room.

Education has been a constant in McDavid’s life.  Born to educators, she grew up in Wilberforce, Ohio, and earned an undergraduate degree at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  She received a master’s degree in public administration and urban development from the State University of New York and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.

After completing a pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, McDavid was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Bush Fellow in child development and social policy, both at Yale University.

An activist on both the community and national level, McDavid is a former trustee of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Miami University of Ohio.  She has served on three advisory boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, various committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and chaired the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association.  Among her numerous awards, she has been honored by the Junior League of Cleveland, the YWCA of Cleveland, Providence House, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live, and Crain’s Cleveland Business. McDavid received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is a frequent commentator on local and national media sites.

“Lolly”, as she is known, is married and the mother of two.  Her daughter is a graduate of Miami University and her son is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  She is proud to be in the third generation of college educated women in her family.

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Dr. Kendalle Cobb

Kendalle Cobb, MD, is a family physician at the Cleveland Clinic.  She sees patients at the Solon Family Health Center and is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.  She has been with the Clinic for seven and a half years.

Dr. Cobb’s clinical interests include counseling, health promotion, and chronic disease management.  Her work at the medical school has included serving as a family medicine discipline leader, core director for Basic Core 1 for two years, and co-director of Basic Core 2 for one year.  She has served as a longitudinal preceptor for six years years.  She has been an OSCE preceptor and graded progress notes for Case Western Reserve’s practice clinical skills exam.  Dr. Cobb also has served as a physician advisor since 2006.  She has served as Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Development since 2010.

She is originally from San Francisco. Prior to moving to Washington, DC for medical school at George Washington University, she was a history major at Harvard University.  She returned to California for her family medicine residency at Kaiser Fontana in Southern California.  She continued her training at Boston University where she did an Academic Family Medicine fellowship.  After a year in Boston, she returned to Fontana where she was a partner with Southern California Permanente Medical Group and on the residency faculty at Kaiser Fontana.  

She moved to Ohio after marrying her husband, who is originally from Moreland Hills, and together, they have a daughter.

Dr. Walter J. Clark Jr. MD, MSHCM was born in Memphis, Tenn, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  His elementary education took place at Cleveland public schools, and received high school education at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and Vermont Academy in Vermont.   He attended Williams College in Massachusetts and in 1978 received his Doctorate of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C.   Postgraduate medical training took place at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Cleveland and the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.  
He served in the National Health Services Corps for 3 years as a general medical officer and 3 more years as a general internist at a federally qualified community health center in Mobile, Alabama (Franklin Memorial Primary Health Care Center).  He returned to Cleveland, Ohio in 1988, at which time he joined the medical staff of Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON), a network of federally qualified community health centers accredited by the Joint Commission.    In 1994, he was appointed Medical Director of NEON. 
Dr. Clark is board-certified in Internal Medicine.  He received a Masters of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has privileges at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in the Department of Medicine. 

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Toni L. Johnson, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed residency training in Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic and later joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University (MetroHealth Medical Center) where she has served as Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine and Counseling for over 10 years. She became Residency Training Director in 2007 and was then promoted to Vice Chair of Education and Community Development in 2010. She has clinical expertise in the delivery of psychiatric care for minority and economically disadvantaged patients as well as those recently released from incarceration. In order to help improve mental health care in these underserved communities, Dr. Johnson has successfully established educational projects for the integration of mental health in the primary care clinics. She has also developed an innovative educational workshop for which addresses the culture of poverty and its impact on the patient-clinician encounter.  Dr. Johnson has provided this much needed training for medical students, residents, physicians, medical educators and other health care professionals on a regional and national level.

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Dr. Stacey Jolly is Aleut and Swedish. She holds a degree in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Medical Degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and a Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor and Staff Physician at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a K23 grant that allows her to continue her clinical work and her research on chronic kidney disease.

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In 1986, Dr. Harris-Haywood MD, MS received her bachelors of science in chemistry from Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ. Her career in medical research began at Lederle Laboratories as a synthetic organic chemist where she was responsible for discovering active agents against cancer. During 1993, she completed a master’s program in science education at New York University and entered the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey (UMDNJ) Medical School.  After graduating from medical school in 1997, she completed a family medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital Family Practice, a community-based program affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in 2000.  Following a short tenure as a medical director for a federally qualified health center in rural North Carolina, Dr. Harris-Haywood pursued a career in clinical research.  She was a faculty development fellow in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2001 to 2002.  She then completed her fellowship training as a National Research Service Award fellow at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ from 2002 to 2004.  Her research interests in the use of cultural competency as an intervention to reduce health disparities developed during these fellowships.

In 2004, she joined the Case School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Research Division as an Assistant Professor. Currently in this position, she has been the Principle Investigator of NIH funded grants, focusing on cultural competence in primary care and cancer health disparities. In addition to Dr. Harris-Haywood’s research she is a Family Medicine physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Pre-doctorial Director for the department of Family Medicine and the representative from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Diversity and Inclusion. Outside of her research, clinical, and community responsibilities and is a mentor to numerous colleagues and students. ,

Dr. Harris-Haywood is a devoted wife to Dr. Morris Haywood, the proud mother of three children Tyrone age 34, Daemyen age 10 and Daelynn age 7 and she is an active member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland Ohio.

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Margaret McKenzie is a staff Obstetrician/Gynecologist on at the Cleveland Clinic in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and the Women’s Health Institute. She is the Director of Medical Student Education within that institute and the discipline leader for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Core clinical curriculum.  As Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine (CCLCM), she is the OB/GYN Clerkship Director, a member of the Medical Student Education Council, and a member of the Curriculum Task Force. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Physician Advisors Council for the innovative competency-based portfolio assessment system at CCLCM. 

Dr McKenzie received her MD degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in 1988. In 1984, she was awarded an M.S. in Biochemistry from Howard University College of Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-University Hospitals of Cleveland in1992.  After being in private practice at University Hospitals of Cleveland until 1995, she joined the Faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Medical Practice. In 2007, Dr. McKenzie moved her office to the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic, specializing in bleeding disorders in women, fibroids, ablations and alternatives to hysterectomy.

In the educational arena, Dr. McKenzie has presented locally, nationally and internationally on topics including: assessments, mentoring and the success of assessment portfolios and other innovations in medical education. For the last four years, she has lectured at APGO faculty development seminars. She received the 2007 Maria and Sam Miller Professional Excellence Award for Master Educator from the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine, recognizing the dedication to excellence of Cleveland Clinic physicians, scientists and employees.

Academically, Dr. McKenzie has been the recipient of the Harvard-Macy Scholars Award, and the APGO Solvay Educational Scholar’s Award. She has lectured at APGO, NMA and the Universal Sisters.

As Co-Author of You Having a Baby, she appeared on the Dr. Oz Show where she stressed the importance of a healthy pregnancy.

Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP is an Internist-Pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center. He completed both his BS in Biochemistry and his MD at Michigan State University. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center and subsequently joined the faculty in 2006. In 2011, He completed his Master of Public Health degree at Case Western Reserve University with a special emphasis on Health Promotion/Disease Prevention for LGBT populations. He is an Assistant Professor at Case Western School of Medicine.
Dr. Ng’s passion is to improve access to and provide culturally effective primary care to special needs populations. He helped develop and currently serves as the Clinical Director of the PRIDE Clinic, Ohio’s only medical home for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients.  Dr. Ng is the current President-Elect of the Gay Lesbian Medical Association and serves on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Cultural Poverty

Dr. Toni Love Johnson

Session from 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Overall Program Goal: The overall goal of this teaching series is to provide medical students, residents, physicians and other healthcare professional’s insight into the culture which often exists in any group in society where poverty is a way of life. An understanding of cultural norms common in poverty can improve understanding, increase compassion, strengthen the provider-patient relationship and ultimately improve health outcomes. Objectives: 1) Increase understanding culture of poverty and poverty in the U.S. 2) Define the difference between situational and generational poverty 3) Participate in “Could You Survive?” Self Assessment 4) Recognize learned behaviors found in poverty, the middle class and upper class (wealth) Background: The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) both have standards which relate to diversity and multicultural education and training for medical students and residents, respectively. This workshop on The Culture of Poverty in Health Care was created to address the knowledge gap which exists for many trainees and students from socio-economic privilege who often lack understanding of the learned behaviors frequently encountered in patients from socio-economic lack. It challenges preconceived notions often held by more privileged participants about the faces of poverty by addressing both rural and urban poverty as well as the demographic groups at highest risk for poverty. It challenges participants to widen their view of resources to better engage patients and to improve the physician (provider)-patient relationship.

Advocacy for Pediatric Patients

Dr. Lolita M. McDavid MD, MPA

Session from 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Brief Presentation Description:Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place, or thing.

  • How do you decide what is important?

  • What can you contribute to a cause?

  • How do you know you made a difference?

We will discuss projects that we have been involved in, why we chose them, and lessons learned.

Raising Awareness of Racial Disparities in Health Care

Dr. Charles Modlin, M.D, MBA

Session from 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Brief Presentation Description: The percentage population of those considered as minorities in the United States is rapidly increasing. By 2050, minorities will become the majority with one in every two Americans being African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Native American (1, 2). Despite the fact that innovations in medicine have resulted in reductions in death rates and have contributed to improving overall life-spans of Americans, minorities have not seen equal reductions in the incidence of disease and improvement in life spans (2). It is imperative for physicians, other healthcare providers, health systems, and medical researchers, to increase their awareness of the existence of, causes of, solutions for, and overall impact of health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities in order to more effectively engage and to deliver culturally competent medical care to minorities. Dr. Modlin, in this comprehensive, informative workshop, will raise awareness of the plethora and causes of health disparities, with special emphasis on disparities in kidney disease and kidney transplantation, afflicting racial minorities, and will present examples of innovative health disparities programs and research developed at Cleveland Clinic’s Minority Men’s Health Center and Minority Kidney Transplant Initiative (3, 4).

Following Dr. Modlin’s presentation, the attendee will have learned the following objectives and more:

  1. List examples of health disparities in African American populations

  2. List the two leading causes of kidney disease in African Americans

  3. List examples of health disparities in access to kidney transplantation and outcomes following kidney transplantation in African Americans

  4. List 5 contributing causes of health disparities in African Americans

  5. List examples of solutions that can eliminate or reduce health disparities in African Americans.


  1. P Modlin, C. S. Culture, race, and disparities in health care. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine: 70 (4), APRIL 2003: 283,287-288.

  2. Modlin CS. Addressing Disparities in Health Care. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine January 2012 vol. 79 1 44-45.

  3. Klein JB, Nguyen CT, Saffore L, Modlin C 3rd, Modlin CS Jr. Racial disparities in urologic health care. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Feb;102(2):108-17.

  4. Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Center. www.ClevelandClinic.org/mmhc.

Access with a focus on Challenges to Access and Safety Net Facilities

Dr. Walter Clark

Session from 9:45-11:00am

Brief Presentation Description: When we speak of access to healthcare we often think about the physical nature of access in terms of that availability of healthcare facilities. However, a deeper aspect of ‘access’ is whether there is ‘effective’ availability; namely, regardless to the placement of facilities, do folks take advantage of that availability. In a fee-for-service environment, utilization is often looked upon as a proxy for access to healthcare. This utilization can either be efficient or inefficient with respect to improving the health status of the community. Safety net providers are faced with a constant struggle with access for one reason or another. During our conversation, we will explore the definition, determination, and drivers of access within the context of federally qualified community health centers (FQHC’s). FQHC’s play a vital role in the safety net fabric of numerous communities across America.

The student's role in eliminating health disparity

Dr. Sonja Harris-Haywood MD MS

Session from 9:45 AM -11:00 AM

Brief Presentation Description: The goals of this session to have and in depth discussion to:

  1. Help students recognize disparities in health and healthcare and care during training

  2. Help students recognize how they can intervene in eliminating health and healthcare disparities during training.

"It isn’t weakness; it’s an illness"—Shifting the View of Mental Health and Treatment in Minority Communities

Dr. Kendalle Cobb

Session from 11:45AM -12:30 PM

Brief Presentation Description: Come learn the statistics of mental health among various minority communities. Share what you know about misconceptions about mental health and barriers to mental health care. Then, we will all brainstorm and leave the session with ideas about how we can all be change agents when it comes to helping classmates, family, friends, and patients seek and get help.

The LGBT Patient Population

Dr. Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP

Session from 11:45 AM -12:30 PM


  • Review basic terms used to describe LGBT populations.

  • Reflect on the impact of discrimination in health care based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression on health and health access.

  • Reflect on the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression with other socio-cultural characteristics.

  • Discuss what is known of LGBT Population Health and Health Disparities.

  • Identify local, regional and national LGBT health resources.

  • Consider ways to advocate for health equality.

Native American Health Disparities

Dr. Stacey Jolly

Session from 11:45 AM -12:30 PM


Countdown to the 2012 SNMA Region V Conference



  • 08/01/2012 - Early Registration opens.
  • 08/31/2012 - Last day for Early registration rates.
  • 09/01/2012 - Regular registration.
  • 09/20/2012 - Last day for regular registration rates.
  • 09/21/2012 - Late registration rates applied.
  • 09/30/2012 - End of registration period.


  • Medical School and Residency Recruitment Fair
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  • Keynote Presentations

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