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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.

Author William Cullen Bryant describes fall as “Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” As we move toward the end of 2012, there is much that we have to smile about as we consider the strides made this year by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, our sister Centers, Institutes, and Offices, colleagues, partners, and supporters of health equity to achieve the best health outcomes possible in communities across the country. I want to thank and congratulate everyone for your leadership, commitment, and diligence.

In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we highlight unintentional injuries and how we can reduce disparities in motor vehicle crashes in populations that are disproportionately affected. If you haven’t already, be sure to read the September Conversations in Equity blog post titled “Continuing to Enjoy the Ride: Reducing disparities in motorcycle deaths and injuries.”

We also celebrate the rich histories and contributions of Hispanics and American Indians/Alaska Natives that continue to shape, enrich, and strengthen America. September 15 – October 15, 2012, we observed National Hispanic Heritage Month, and during the month of November we honor and acknowledge the first peoples of America – American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Our Health Equity Champion is Dr. Fernando S. Mendoza, Professor and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Dr. Mendoza has devoted his entire career to reducing healthcare disparities and increasing diversity in the health workforce, and we salute him!

We hope you will enjoy this issue, and your comments are always welcome! In less than a year, our readership has almost tripled, so please continue to share Health Equity Matters with others in your professional networks.

CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) We look forward to your comments, and encourage you to continue to circulate the newsletter among your colleagues and friends.

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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  • In what year did the DHHS establish the Task Force on Black and Minority Health?

    1984 1985 2010

  • Who was the Hispanic advocate that filed suit on behalf of six migrant farm workers that ultimately resulted in ban of the pesticide DDT in 1969?

    César Chávez Ralph Abascal Jane Delgado

  • Number of U.S. states with comprehensive lead poisoning prevention laws as of 2010?

    12 23 49

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