Black Health in America

The Connecticut Convergence Institute at UConn Health,a under the direction of Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., established the National Roundtable on Black Men and Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine in 2019 focusing on the barriers and opportunities encountered bay Black men and Black women as they navigate the pathways from K-12 and postsecondary education to careers in science, engineering and medicine.

The support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an anchor member, has been significant to the success of the Roundtable. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and they fund a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges. Richard Besser, M.D., is president and CEO who recently spoke at the Roundtable’s event “COVID-19 and Black Communities: Understanding the Landscape, Developing Ideas to Address the Challenges, and Building a Community of Action that includes Black Physicians, Black Engineers, and Black Scientists: A Workshop.

View Dr. Besser's his most recent public statement here.

*Used with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.*

The Connecticut Convergence Institute at UConn Health, under the direction of Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., established the National Roundtable on Black Men and Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine in 2019 focusing on the barriers and opportunities encountered bay black men and black women as they navigate the pathways from K-12 and postsecondary education to careers in science, engineering, and medicine.

The support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an anchor member, has been significant to the success of the Roundtable. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and they fund a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges. Richard Besser, M.D., president and CEO, recently spoke at the Roundtable’s event “COVID-19 and Black Communities: Understanding the Landscape, Developing Ideas to Address the Challenges, and Building a Community of Action that includes Black Physicians, Black Engineers, and Black Scientists: A Workshop.

View Dr. Besser's most recent public statement.

* Used with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

An important research focus for Dr. Laurencin and his team is to explore the emerging issues around Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Dr. Laurencin is the Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities which reports on the scholarly progress of work to understand, address, and ultimately eliminate health disparities based on race and ethnicity. Below are articles that the Connecticut Convergence Institute team has published around the topic.

Publications

COVID-19 and the Black Community

A Pandemic on a Pandemic: Racism and COVID-19 in Blacks

The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call to Action to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities

HIV/Aids in the Black Community

HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community 2018: a Decade Call to Action

Disaster Preparedness and Health Equity

Medical Surprise Anticipation and Recognition Capability: A New Concept for Better Health Care