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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.

I’m noticing that the Bradford pear trees in my neighborhood are blooming after a surprising winter in Atlanta. The white and pink blooms signal ‘Spring’ even as we continue to experience some winter-like temperatures. Spring has been described as a time of transition and renewal.

As the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity ends its 25th anniversary celebration, we carry forward the rich history of the OMHHE and the wisdom of its original framers along with a host of new opportunities to accelerate CDC’s impact in reducing health disparities, enhancing women’s health, ensuring a diverse and inclusive public health workforce, and achieving health equity for all Americans.

In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we highlight a panel discussion featuring Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, who spent a significant part of her career at CDC and was one of the minority scientists who petitioned for the establishment of the Office of Minority Health in 1988. She was joined by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) and Ms. Carmen Villar, Chief of Staff for CDC for a lively discussion on the topic “Can We Have a Nation Free of Health Disparities?: Positioning CDC for the Future.” A key component of our ability to have a nation free of health disparities is ensuring access to high quality health information that supports healthy lifestyles and community health promotion.

Our Health Equity Champion, Mr. Reggie Ware, CEO of BlackDoctor.org, launched the nation’s first health portal for African Americans in 2005, and in 2013 he launched LatinoDr.org – a comparable Latino-focused health portal. We congratulate our colleagues in the Division of Public Affairs for designating 2014 as the year of Latino Media Outreach.

Throughout this issue of Health Equity Matters, you will find important information about communications initiatives and resources that facilitate the development of skills in cultural competence as we prepare for Minority Health Month (April 2014). 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)

As always, we hope you will enjoy this issue, and your comments are always welcome!
Our readership reached a milestone this year. We now have over 10,000 subscribers, so please continue to share Health Equity Matters with others in your professional networks. We look forward to your comments, and encourage you to continue to circulate the newsletter among your colleagues and friends.

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