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.
People are not equally able to access resources and opportunities, nor are they equally exposed to hazards. For example, low-income and predominantly minority communities have fewer resources, higher vulnerabilities to disease, and less access to healthcare. Many of these communities are in areas prone to natural disasters and other threats, such as the Gulf Coast. These communities are less able to cope with natural hazards due to continuous stressors and gaps in community resilience. During a disaster, these gaps are exacerbated, necessitating preparedness policies and practices that account for social, economic, and health disparities.
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.”
Title: Associate Director for Science, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Years at CDC: 35
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.”