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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.

January 31, 2013 marked my second year in the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity! It hardly seems like 2 years have passed until I consider the work underway that is contributing to the achievement of our strategic priorities. We are preparing for the Orientation Week activities to introduce students participating in the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Summer Program (CUPS) and the James B. Ferguson Graduate Fellows to CDC and public health research and practice. We are building stronger collaborations with our colleagues in the National Center for Environmental Health and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to raise awareness about environmental justice and health disparities among people with disabilities.

In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we feature commentaries by colleagues in those national centers, Dr. LaToria Whitehead and Dr. Vince Campbell. This year our Office will celebrate 25 years as a focal point for minority health at CDC, and we hope you will read reflections on the establishment of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity by Dr. Rueben Warren, CDC’s first Associate Director for Minority Health and currently Director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. Our Health Equity Champion is Dr. Bonnie Duran, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. These and other news items in this issue of Health Equity Matters highlight the growing work of health equity at CDC, among our partners, and in the community at large.

We hope you will enjoy this issue, and your comments are always welcome! In less than a year, our readership has 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 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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