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Health Equity Matters

A quarterly e-newsletter in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) shares news, perspectives and progress in the science and practice of health equity.

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC/ATSDR

Welcome to Health Equity Matters, an electronic newsletter intended to promote awareness of minority health and health equity issues that affect our work at CDC and in the broader public health community, support the achievement of our goal to eliminate health disparities, and foster ongoing communication and collaboration.

There are moments in my professional life that are particularly inspiring – moments that remind me of the awesome privilege I have to work to achieve “a world where all people have the opportunity to attain the best health possible.” (OMHHE Vision statement). Today represented one of those moments.

I attended the inauguration of Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice – sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (9/11/2014). The investiture ceremony was not only a celebration of the impending leadership of Dr. Montgomery Rice, but also of the past, present, and future contributions and leadership of Morehouse School of Medicine and its board of trustees, faculty, students, alumni, and supporters. The room was filled with pride and anticipation as Dr. Montgomery Rice described her vision for Morehouse School of Medicine as “the recognized leader in creating health equity.”

While I was listening to the inaugural address in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, my colleague, Julio Dicent-Taillepierre, was in Washington, DC participating in a Capitol Hill Briefing on eliminating Hispanic health disparities in collaboration with the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS). CDC recently established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HSHPS (described in this issue of Health Equity Matters), to enhance our outreach and public health efforts to improve Hispanic health, and support greater diversity in the public health and health care workforce.

The events of this day demonstrate the growing momentum across the U.S. to pursue and achieve health equity for all Americans. Congratulations to Dr. Montgomery Rice, the HSHPS Board of Directors, and all of our partners for your roles in leading the charge! CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC/ATSDR
Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)

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