Fellows in Minority Health Policy Visit
Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, deputy director of NIH, recently welcomed the visiting Commonwealth Fund Harvard University fellows in minority health policy. The fellows, all physicians, are completing 1 year of study at Harvard focusing on minority health policy issues. Kirschstein and the fellows engaged in an informal discussion in which she gave an overview of NIH's activities.
The fellows' visit was designed to give an overview of NIH resources that can affect minority health. The visit also sought to spark the interest of the fellows in research, or perhaps in working at NIH after they complete their program. With interests ranging from managed care and Laotian and Vietnamese health concerns to issues surrounding women's health, the five fellows brought diverse viewpoints to their meetings with NIH'ers.
After meeting with Kirschstein, the fellows spent the day visiting representatives of various ICs and NIH offices including Dr. Norman Anderson, NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research; Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health; and Dr. Harold Slavkin, director of NIDCR. They discussed critical issues of interest such as training programs and diversity in the health sciences. A highlight of the visit was each fellow's lunch with a selected NIH mentor.
The visit was part of a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., to call on many HHS agencies/offices.
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