1st female physician in US House speaks on health

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first female physician to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives is speaking at the Columbia Convention Center on the nation's health disparities.

Dr. Donna J. Christensen is Friday's featured speaker for the 2014 James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture in Columbia.

Democratic Rep. Christensen is serving her ninth term and is the first female delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities.

Christensen is speaking on the Affordable Care Act and how communities can work with it through research efforts, education, and community involvement.

The speech is free and open to the public.

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