The African American Achievement Award was established in 2003 by the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes to honor and recognize the commitment and dedication of those positively impacting the African American community.
This event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the racial disparities that exist in infant mortality and premature birth within the African American community of South Carolina. Infant mortality rates are twice as high for African American babies as for Caucasian babies. In addition to this, babies are nearly twice as likely to be born prematurely as Caucasian babies and African American mothers have the highest rates of inadequate prenatal care compared to other maternal race categories. The March of Dimes is working for a day when all babies are born healthy.
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Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
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Dr. Burnett William Gallman, Jr. is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. After graduation, he was accepted into the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital (now the Drexel Medical University) in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Internship and Residency training in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington DC and is now in private practice of Gastroenterology in Columbia SC.
He was the Chief of Internal Medicine at the Richland Memorial Hospital and the Baptist Medical Center (both of these institutions are now part of the Palmetto Health System). He is a lecturer for Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical Company and has lectured for Tap Pharmaceuticals and Eisai Inc.
Over the Years, he has provided a shadowing program for young people who are interested in careers in healthcare, allowing them to follow him around, observe his daily routine and work at his office. He taught them history, heritage and self-pride during this period. He is blessed and gratified to still have close relationships with many of these young people, most of whom have succeeded tremendously.
Dr. Gallman and his wife, Jo-Ann.
Diane Sumpter is the founder, president and CEO of DESA, Inc. and has spent more than 20 years working as a catalyst for change in South Carolina and the nation. As a business leader, she has concentrated on economic development while leading advocacy efforts for small, minority and women owned businesses.
Diane E. Sumpter
Lauren Fleming of Marvin, North Carolina, serves as the 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador, along with her parents, Nikki and Densel. Lauren was born in 2004 at just 26 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and doctors prepared her parents for the worst. During her 5-month stay in newborn intensive care, Lauren was treated for respiratory distress and underwent multiple surgeries related to a damaged vocal cord and a heart defect. After coming home, Lauren thrived and today is a warm and loving 6-year-old who makes friends easily. She loves to draw, create story books and read. She is excited to be the 2011 National Ambassador because, “The March of Dimes helps babies and helped my little sister, Erin, and brother, Corbin, to be born healthy.”
The Fleming Family with President Barack Obama.