Former U.S. Surgeon General to speak at the tenth annual African-American Families Conference

Former U.S. Surgeon General, popular syndicated judge to speak as part of the tenth annual UGA African-American Families Conference

Athens, Ga. – David Satcher, the current director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine and former U.S. Surgeon General, will deliver the keynote address for the tenth annual University of Georgia African-American Families Conference on March 28 at 9 a.m. at the Classic Center in Athens.

Judge Glenda Hatchett, who presides over the syndicated television show, “Judge Hatchett,” will speak as part of the conference at 7 p.m. on March 27 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

The theme of this year’s African-American Families Conference is “Triumphs and Challenges: African Americans Moving Forward.” To view the preliminary agenda for the conference and the registration brochure, visit www.ssw.uga.edu. Sessions will focus on topics including addiction, child welfare, aging, mental health, spirituality, criminal justice and health. Participants in the full conference must register and pay a registration fee; however, the evening with Judge Hatchett is free and open to the public.

The conference is co-sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Social Work, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Institute for African American Studies.

Dr. Satcher completed his four-year term as the sixteenth surgeon general of the United States in Feb. 2002. He also served as assistant secretary for health in the department of health and human services from Feb. 1998 to Jan. 2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions simultaneously. He was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1993 to 1998.

Glenda Hatchett appears on the syndicated television show “Judge Hatchett,” which is in its eighth season, and is author of the national bestseller, Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say. Judge Hatchett serves as national spokeswoman for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and to help them navigate the court system.

The UGA School of Social Work has approved six core hours for social workers in Georgia who attend the conference in compliance with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.