Introducing OMHHE’s New Deputy Director – Dr. Jeffrey Hall
Jefferey Hall, PhD, MA, MPSH
CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity is excited to announce our new deputy director, Jeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MA, MPSH. Dr. Hall is a medical sociologist by training and holds degrees in epidemiology, general sociology, and physiology – all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hall was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and faculty at Samford University for five years before coming to CDC. He is currently adjunct faculty in UAB’s Department of Sociology.
Dr. Hall joined OMHHE in 2016 as Deputy Associate Director for Science and also served as Science Team Lead for the Minority Health and Health Equity unit. Prior to joining OMHHE, Dr. Hall was a lead Behavioral Scientist in the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC’s National Center for injury Prevention and Control. In the area of violence of prevention, his professional interests include applications of developmental epidemiology and social psychology within violence prevention, structural and environmental methods for reducing violence-related health disparities, and community-based models for violence surveillance, research, and prevention.
Dr. Hall works collaboratively and provides leadership across several OMHHE priorities including strategic planning, technical assistance, refining OMHHE’s health equity framework and grounding concepts and principles, elaborating workforce diversity as a social determinant of health, and measuring and monitoring progress towards health equity, among other contributions. As the new Deputy Director of OMHHE, Dr. Hall assures consideration of the Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity (ADMHHE) Director’s views in all assignments and assists in her duties; leads and directs the development and implementation of a comprehensive minority health equity program, including establishing goals and objectives, instituting CDC-wide policies, programs, and activities and ensuring integration with CDC’s other research, surveillance, and prevention activities. Lastly, Dr. Hall assures that the ADMHHE aims to accelerate CDC’s health impact in the U.S. population and to eliminate health disparities.
Addressing Health Equity in Public Health Practice: Frameworks, Promising Strategies, and Measurement Considerations
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) published Addressing Health Equity in Public Health Practice: Frameworks, Promising Strategies, and Measurement Considerationsexternal icon in the Annual Review of Public Health. The paper describes the context of health equity and options for integrating health equity into public health practice. The authors discuss the conceptualization of health equity and how equity considerations in U.S. public health practice have been shaped by multidisciplinary engagements. The authors then discuss specific ways to address equity in core public health functions, provide examples of relevant frameworks and promising strategies, and conceptual and measurement issues relevant to assessing progress in moving toward health equity. The journal provides public health practitioners promising strategies to integrate equity into public health practice. As the new decade begins, continued research in health equity is imperative to address health disparities and collectively address social factors.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, one of the only CDC programs that focuses on reducing chronic disease for specific racial and ethnic groups in urban, rural, and tribal communities with high disease burden. Since 1999, REACH has been at the forefront of CDC’s efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities in health, partnering with the most affected communities to prevent chronic disease and improve health. REACH has worked with more than 180 communities to create environments that make healthy choices easier.
On October 30, 2019 CDC held a program to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of REACH with the participation of CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) and many other offices in attendance. Plenary session panel members discussed topics including:
- The history, challenges, and past successes of the REACH program;
- Importance of addressing health disparities at the state and local levels;
- The ongoing impact of REACH and contributions from different CIOs to the program;
- Active People, Healthy Nation, a national initiative by CDC and its partners to save lives and protect health by helping 27 million Americans become more physically active;
- How to effectively engage state and local level partners to improve conditions of health and well-being.
OMHHE director Dr. Leandris Liburd discussed the impact of REACH for specific racial and ethnic groups in communities at higher risk for chronic disease. Liburd went on to add her sentiments to her relationship with Lark Galloway-Gilliam – the founding executive director of Community Health Councils, Inc. Dr. Liburd spoke about Lark’s contributions to engage communities and strengthen partnerships with agencies and organizations to improve health and achieve health equity.
Learn more about REACH program funding recipients and about the 2020 REACH Lark Galloway-Gilliam Nomination for Advancing Health Equity Award.