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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.

Greetings! We hope your work in the New Year is progressing toward health equity as we celebrate Black History Month, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the creation of Medicaid and Medicare and the Head Start program. This year marks a number of milestones in our nation’s efforts to reduce health disparities and improve minority health. We will celebrate 30 years since the release of the 1985 Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black & Minority Health and 100 years since the establishment of National Negro Health Week by Dr. Booker T. Washington which evolved to National Minority Health Month. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is collaborating with a number of partners this year to pause, reflect, assess our progress, and continue to move forward toward achieving health equity. For example, we will be releasing several new reports this year including the first Vital Signs Report on Hispanic Health. We are also co-sponsoring in partnership with Tuskegee University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Atlanta University Center a health summit at CDC that will examine African American and minority health over the past 100 years, review federal initiatives to improve minority health through research, practice, and policies, and explore health equity strategies needed to improve population health outcomes in the 21st century. Stay tuned… There is much more to come!

In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we congratulate Dr. Camara Jones on her recent election as President-elect of the American Public Health Association, and we honor Dr. Robert Hahn – the first CDC scientist to be selected Health Equity Champion by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. Both Dr. Jones and Dr. Hahn have long and distinguished careers promoting equity and social justice. We also celebrate the accomplishments of several members of the Health Disparities Subcommittee whose leadership is helping to accelerate public health’s impact in achieving health equity; and there are snapshots of activities underway at CDC that support the science and practice of health equity and our efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce.

With great respect, we salute the life and legacy of Lark Galloway-Gilliam who passed away December 1, 2014. Her vision to end racial and ethnic health disparities will live on through her family and colleagues, and all who have dedicated themselves to eliminating health inequities.

As always, we hope you will enjoy this issue, and your comments are always welcome!
Our readership continues to grow. We now have over 19,000 subscribers, so please continue to share Health Equity Matters with others in your professional networks.
CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) 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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