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.
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.
Since our last issue, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the International AIDS conference was held in Washington, DC, and President Obama signed the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. These are all exciting developments that address some of the social determinants of health equity. Policies that increase access to affordable health care, de-stigmatize health conditions like HIV/AIDS, and ensure equal access to high performing schools and quality education support our goal to achieve greater health equity in the United States. It is not inconsequential that these events occurred in our nation’s capital. There has never been a better time to accelerate the work of CDC and its partners in improving health by eliminating health disparities, promoting conditions conducive to health, and achieving health equity.
This issue of Health Equity Matters highlights selected efforts underway at CDC to advance health equity including this month’s Conversations in Equity blog that confronts silence as a risk factor for health disparities. We also celebrate the contributions of a community-based “Health Equity Champion” - Lark Galloway-Gilliam, Executive Director of Community Health Councils (CHC) in Los Angeles, CA.
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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