In 2018 the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) celebrates 30 years of service. Since 1988, CDC has focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring a culturally competent public health workforce. The theme for the 30th anniversary commemoration is Mission: Possible. We believe “healthy lives for everyone” is possible and a goal that resonates in public health.
While the familiar faces that have been lost to violence are particularly impactful to me, exposure to community-level violence engulfs me in a daily, collective struggle. When another African American image is shown on the news as a victim of violence, the community mourns. When sending a child to school or outside to play is a risk due to the very real chances of encountering violence, the community mourns. To make matters even more challenging, there are increasingly complex relationships between the African American community and law enforcement due to higher risk for death related to the use of lethal force by law enforcement. When another African American child, sibling, parent, or partner is lost due to legal intervention with little explanation, the community mourns. As part of the African American community, I mourn these struggles while trying to reconcile what each loss means for my own family and children.
In 2018, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) will unveil Public Health Agents of Change (PHAC) from across CDC. Whether in research or public health practice, PHACs take into account the diverse needs of the populations the agency serves with a goal of achieving health equity. PHACs also use strategic and comprehensive approaches to support, build, and nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace. OMHHE is honored to recognize a team of dedicated CDC staff committed to the mission of “Healthy Lives for Everyone.”
Name: Youlian Liao, MD
Title: Deputy Associate Director for Science (acting), Division of Population Health
Years at CDC: 16
CDC’s Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program provides opportunities for qualified students to gain meaningful experience in public health settings.
“Being a part of CUPS was impactful for my career in public health given the exposure the program provided. CUPS acquainted me to both work life at the CDC and other health organizations and opportunities in public health education and training. I completed CUPS/IMHOTEP directly after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, and the program allowed me to transition into the public health sphere while also continuing my career in the basic sciences. Lastly, CUPS introduced me to my place in public health by exposing me to career paths for basic scientists in public health.”
- Page last reviewed: July 10, 2018
- Page last updated: July 10, 2018
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