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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.

As we approach the holiday season, I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to our readership, my colleagues at CDC, and our partners for their tireless efforts to promote and protect the health of our nation and globally. In particular, I want to thank the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity for rallying to accomplish our strategic priorities, and rising to every occasion with passion and excellence. Events highlighted in this issue of Health Equity Matters reflect some of our most significant collaborations and achievements this quarter. We hosted the second cohort of Millennial Health Leaders representing 18 universities from across the country, and heard a compelling talk by Dr. David Williams on the relationship between a diverse public health workforce and reducing health disparities. We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and learned more about the historic and contemporary contributions of Hispanic researchers and practitioners who have contributed to the social and economic uplift of the U.S. We introduce another federal Office of Minority Health in this issue –the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) led by Dr. Cara James, and we honor Mr. William F. Benson as a Health Equity Champion for his career long commitment to protecting our elders and promoting healthy aging. These and other stories and scientific resources demonstrate how we’re continuing to advance the science and practice of health equity at CDC.

Over the past several months, CDC has been involved in responding to the largest Ebola epidemic in history. Over 800 staff members have been deployed to CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, locations around the country, as well as in West Africa to stop the spread of the virus. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity salutes our colleagues for their 24/7 dedication to combatting the spread of the Ebola virus.

We wish all who receive this issue of Health Equity Matters good health and much cheer throughout the holidays and in the New Year! 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 continues to grow. We now have over 17,000 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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