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Health Equity Matters Newsletter

Winter 2017 Newsletter

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 work at CDC and in the broader public health community, support the achievement of our goal to eliminate health disparities, improve women’s health, support diversity and inclusion in the public health workforce, and foster ongoing communication and collaboration with our partners and the public.

A New Year has arrived, and we’re off and running – continuing the important work of health equity where all people have the opportunity to attain the best health possible. In this issue of Health Equity Matters, we highlight national initiatives, reports, and other resources and data that are useful tools for practitioners, policymakers, and public health researchers working to advance health equity. For example, a new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine titled Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity is featured. This groundbreaking report adds to the growing literature that documents health disparities in the United States and their root causes, identifies community-based solutions to address these disparities, identifies major elements of effective solutions, and the report recommends key research needs to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. Most importantly, the report provides concrete actions that can be implemented to improve population health, reduce health disparities, and achieve health equity in diverse communities across the U.S. Special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their visionary leadership in supporting the development of this report, and their larger efforts to create a culture of health through an organized and locally imagined approach to health equity.

As we look ahead, the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has identified several priority initiatives and public health reports that will be completed this year. We look forward to sharing these accomplishments with you as they are unveiled over the course of the year. We also look forward to highlighting the health equity initiatives and achievements of our partners and sister federal agencies in upcoming issues of Health Equity Matters.

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC/ATSDR
Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)