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The Millennial Health Leaders Summit brings together a cadre of medical, public health, and public policy graduate students, nominated by their universities for their outstanding achievements and promise as future leaders in addressing health disparities across the nation.

About the 2014 Millennial Health Leaders Summit

Millenial Health Leaders Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2-3, 2014. 
A Symposium of the Next Generalation of Health Leaders, Policymakers, Practitioners and Scholars 
Committed to Eliminating Health Disparities in the United States in the 21st Century.
Photos of racially and ethnically diverse young scholars and medical proffessionals.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS and CDC Logos.
Co-sponsors: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, 
Harvard School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, 
and Brown University.
The Summit convenes a group of men and women who represent the next generation of leaders who will be able to take on the task of eliminating health disparities in the United States in the 21st century.

The 2014 Summit provided critical opportunities to consider issues and effective models for addressing health disparities in diverse populations.

The students engaged in interactive workshops and case study discussions given by health disparities researchers and policymakers within CDC.

The workshops included topics such as promoting health across all sectors; tribal health; social medicine and health disparities; and global health emergencies.

2014 Summit Photo Speaker The case study workshops allowed students to delve into health disparities issues related to transportation, environmental justice, intimate partner violence, and tobacco disparities. They worked together in small groups to develop solutions to real health equity problems and presented proposed solutions. Students also participated in networking opportunities among themselves and with CDC staff.

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2014 Presentations


Opening Remarks
– Carmen Villar, Chief of Staff, CDC

Health Equity in the 21st Century Public Health
- Leandris C. Liburd, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC

Breakout Sessions
Leadership and Developing your Career Path
– Liza Cariago-Lo, Harvard University and Dale Trevino, Brown University

2014 Summit Photo Session Engaging and Organizing Communities
– Carolyn Jenkins, Medical University of South Carolina

Social Medicine, Health Disparities, and Servant Leadership
– Asim Jani, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services

Global Health Emergencies: How we prepare, respond, and recover
– Julia Smith-Easley, Center for Global Health

Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities: Selected CDC-sponsored Interventions
- CAPT Holly Billie and Bethany West, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control,
Jeff Herbst and Thomas Painter, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Health Doesn’t Happen in a Hospital, it Happens in Houses, Schools, and on Roadways: Working Across Sectors
– Chris Kochtitzky, National Center for Environmental Health and Nisha Botchwey, Georgia Institute of Technology

Connecting Land to Health: Participation with Tribes Addressing Social Determinants of Health, for the Health of the People
– Annabelle Allison, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- Dawn Satterfield, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

2014 Summit Photo Small Group
Case Studies
The Politics of Environmental Justice
– LaToria Whitehead, National Center for Environmental Health

Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Infections
– David Johnson, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Tobacco Disparities
– Kevin Collins, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Integrating Public Health and Transportation Planning
– Chris Kochtitzky, National Center for Environmental Health

Addressing Inequities in Risk for Intimate Partner Violence
– Sara Patterson and Kirsten Rambo, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Addressing Community Health Through Partnerships and Collaborations
– Shannon White, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Closing Plenary
- John Auerbach, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, CDC


2014 Co-Sponsors


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About the 2013 Millennial Health Leaders Summit

2013 Millenial Health Leaders Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, April 4-5, 2013. 
A Symposium of the Next Generalation of Health Leaders, Policymakers, Practitioners and Scholars 
Committed to Eliminating Health Disparities in the United States in the 21st Century.
Photos of racially and ethnically diverse young scholars and medical proffessionals.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS and CDC Logos.
Co-sponsors: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of Minority Health and Health Equity,
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Harvard School of Public Health, and
Brown University.
The goal of the Summit is to convene a group of men and women who represent the next generation of leaders who will be able to take on the task of eliminating health disparities in the United States in the 21st century. The 2013 Summit provided critical opportunities to consider issues and effective models for addressing health disparities in diverse populations.

Through presentations from experts in the areas of health disparities and the social determinants of health, small group workshops and discussions about culturally-appropriate models, participants in the Summit received important information to prepare them for advancing the elimination of health disparities and address the social determinants of health in order to achieve health equity.

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2013 Objectives


  • OMHHE's Objectives for the 2013 Summit were to:

  • Photos of racially and ethnically diverse young scholars and medical proffessionals.
  • Describe the most recent national data available on racial and ethnic health disparities, and health disparities experienced by other selected population groups;
  • Highlight current and future opportunities and challenges in addressing health disparities that these future leaders will encounter upon joining the public health, healthcare, and policy workforce;
  • Introduce these future leaders to CDC’s investments in reducing health disparities;
  • Examine evidence-based models and strategies for reducing health disparities across a range of health issues;
  • Identify resources that will inform and enhance their work in the field;
  • Promote networking and shared learning between CDC subject matter experts and future leaders; and
  • Engage future leaders in collective problem-solving to identify innovative strategies for addressing health disparities and achieving health equity.
  • Photos of racially and ethnically diverse young scholars and medical proffessionals.

  • This highly interactive event resulted in a unique experience of exploring how contemporary public health research, practice, and policies are developed, implemented and evaluated; raising questions about real world challenges and solutions with CDC scientists and practitioners and with their peers; and identifying how they might contribute to achieving a nation free of preventable health disparities.



2013 Presentations


Welcome/Opening Remarks - Ileana Arias, CDC/OD

Overview of Health Disparities - Vickie Boothe, EAPO

Breakout Session I ~ Knowledge, Skills, and Resources Development
Photos of racially and ethnically diverse young scholars and medical proffessionals.
Leadership in state & local health departments - Chelsea Payne & Kristin Brusuelas, OSTLTS

CDC Fellows and Training Opportunities - Quinn Lundquist, Brendan Jackson, Nathan Mork, SEPDPO, Jeffrey Walker, OSTLTS

Social Medicine Clinic 101 (Medical Students) - Asim Jani, SEPDPO

Breakout Sessions II & III ~ Putting Theories into Practice

Social Media, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy - Cynthia Baur, Amy Heldman, OADC

Community-based health equity programs - Pattie Tucker, Shannon White, Rick Dulin, NCCDPHP

Social Determinants of Health - Donna McCree, Mercedes Morales-Alemán, PhD, CAPT Laurie Reid, RN, MS, NCHHSTP

“Vulnerable Populations” – Who are they, why are they vulnerable, & what can we do? - Julio Dicent-Taillepierre, OMHHE

Violence as a Public Health Issue - Jeffrey Hall, NCIPC

Closing Plenary
“Health Disparities at the Intersection of Public Health & Health Care” - Asam Jani, MD, MPH

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