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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.

This year, I was honored to be invited to the 34th Annual Minority Health Conference at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Public Health to deliver the Victor J. Schoenbach Health Disparities Keynote Lecture. The Minority Health Conference at UNC has the distinction of being the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the nation. Co-chaired by two amazing young women - Chassidy Hanley and Adrienne Gill-, the theme of the 2013 conference was “Constructing the Foundation for Health Equity.” The “Millennial generation” of public health workers, researchers, and scholars is entering the workforce at a time when the urgency of addressing the root causes of health inequities is clear while the path to health equity is still being paved.

In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we highlight some of CDC’s efforts to prepare the incoming workforce, as well as national initiatives intending to enhance cultural and linguistic competence. In addition to the regular features included in Health Equity Matters, don’t miss the guest commentary provided by Dr. Lynda Anderson, Director of CDC’s Healthy Aging program, and a brief overview of the new Cochrane Public Health Group report - Community Coalition-Driven Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities – A Systematic Review.

We hope you will enjoy this issue! Special thanks to all of our colleagues across CDC who provide the content for Health Equity Matters!

CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) We welcome 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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