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Healthcare PlexusCall: Distrust, Race and Research: Beyond the Legacy of Tuskegee
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When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Distrust, Race and Research: Beyond the Legacy of Tuskegee
Guest: Stephen Thomas

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Many of us may feel some trepidation about going to a hospital for care. For people of color, history also casts a long shadow. Discriminatory policies affected healthcare and health research, as well as more-familiar examples like drinking fountains and voting booths. Today, African Americans in Maryland are three times more likely to die in infancy, twice as likely to die from diabetes, and much less likely to get flu vaccines than whites.

The University of Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is driving new efforts—in the state and beyond—through a $5.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The February 2013 grant, awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) enables the Center for Health Equity to conduct interventions designed to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in rates of diabetes, asthma, hypertension, infant mortality, obesity and vaccine preventable diseases. The Center is based in the university’s School of Public Health and is leading multidisciplinary collaborative teams focused on understanding the root causes of racial and ethnic health disparities, designing innovative solutions that promote health equity, and creating models that could be used in communities across the country.

Stephen will join the call to share innovative community programs—imagine health screenings in neighborhood barber shops and dental care in a former basketball arena—and will talk about current and proposed research that is enabling the teams to find and better serve those who need healthcare.

Please bring your own experience, your questions and stories, and plan to join in this important conversation.


Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is Founding Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and Professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas is one of the nation's leading scholars on community based interventions to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, HIV AIDS and violence. He is Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence on Race, Ethnicity and Disparities Research funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). This five-year $5.9M grant award, launched in August 2012, includes teams of scientists conducting targeted research on obesity, vaccine acceptance and men’s health. Dr. Thomas is also Principal Investigator (with Dr. Quinn) on the NIH-NIMHD National Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative "Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers” focused on delivery of scientifically sound and culturally relevant research with racial and ethnic minority populations. He served as the Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health (2000-2010). In 2010, he received the Dorothy Nyswander Social Justice Award from the Society for Public Health Education. He was awarded the 2005 David Satcher Award from the Directors of Health Promotion and Education for his leadership in reducing health disparities through the improvement of health promotion and health education programs at the state and local levels and received the 2004 Alonzo Smyth Yerby Award from the Harvard School of Public Health for his work with people suffering the health effects of poverty.

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