Health Disparities

2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit

The 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination SummitBy Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

On October 29, the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn, in partnership with the Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, hosted the second National Health Disparities Elimination Summit here at UConn Health. The summit’s theme was “Living in America Today,” and its goal was bringing stakeholders together to provide important information and resources to eliminate health disparities.

This year’s summit took a holistic approach and focused on how different environments are creating or exacerbating health disparities. Discussions surrounded physical environments such as the Flint, MI water crisis; health care environment and the role of diversity in improving outcomes; and social environment including societal structural issues such as gun violence. Where people live matters! Health care providers, politicians, community leaders and individuals can all positively impact their environments, resulting in improved health outcomes in their communities.

The hours of planning and execution invested in this event were recognized by all the attendees, and I was told by several people how impressed they were by this year’s summit. I want to thank everyone for the work and the commitment to excellence.

NMA Colloquium

Dr. Laurencin speaks at NMA Colloquium

By Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

On March 4-6, the National Medical Association (NMA) hosted its 17th National Colloquium on African American Health in National Harbor, Maryland. This year’s theme, “True North Toward Health Care Equity: Clinical, Policy, and Social Determinants” conveyed the NMA’s objective to eliminate the health disparities in our country. The event also focused on the clinical, policy, and social determinants of health and impact on individual opportunities to earn a good living, live and work in a safe and healthy environment, and effectively use available social service and health care resources to optimize and maximize health care and disease prevention. This event attracted more than 200 health professionals interested in the pressing issues facing patients, healthcare providers and community leaders. I was among the many distinguished keynote speakers providing remarks aligned with the theme. The event was incredibly successful. Thank you to staff members at NMA particularly Dr. Edith Mitchell, the 116th president of NMA, for organizing such a wonderful event.

The Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Goes Bimonthly

By Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

I am happy to announce our flagship journal, The Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, will move from quarterly publication to bimonthly, starting in 2017. Since its official launch in July 2013, we have received an impressive number of high quality submissions from scholars all over the world. We have published articles in all areas of racial and ethnic health disparities. Importantly, our journal was accepted for indexing by PubMed/Medline in October 2015.

The Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities will continue to update the community on new research findings, commentaries, insights, and discussions that are relevant to the health disparities. I congratulate all our associates: editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and editorial staff for their outstanding work in achieving this milestone.