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National Minority Quality Forum Creates Advanced, Precision Tracking Tool to Address Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Date:9/15/2009

toms include leg pain when walking and wounds that are slow to heal. P.A.D. can also lead to disability, amputation, and poor quality of life.

Researchers, patient advocacy groups, legislators and allied health professionals can use the

P.A.D. Atlas to identify prevalence of P.A.D. at the national, state, and local levels to direct educational resources where they are needed most.

"The launch of the P.A.D. Atlas is of great significance, especially to the racial and ethnic minority community. Being able to identify P.A.D prevalence among constituents is extremely useful to reduce preventable illness and will help raise awareness of and address health disparities in these underserved populations," said Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI).

"We are proud to partner with the P.A.D. Coalition and their membership of committed partners on this very important initiative. Special thanks to the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership for their visionary leadership, their commitment to ending health disparities among the underserved and for their support in helping to make the P.A.D. Atlas initiative a reality," said Gary Puckrein, CEO, NMQF.

About the National Minority Quality Forum

Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum founded the organization in 1998 to address the critical need for strengthening national and local efforts to use evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to guide programs to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness for racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations. The Forum has introduced disease atlases for chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS.

Since 2004, the Forum has hosted the Annual Leadership Summit in April, focusing on disparities and improving quality of health care for all
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