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NIAMS Celebrates a Milestone in Health Disparities Research

Photos by Ernie Branson

July 18 marked the first anniversary for the NIAMS Community Health Center, NIH's first community-based clinic devoted specifically to health disparities research in rheumatic diseases.

Participants at the celebration include (from l) Dr. Janelle Goetcheus, Unity CMO; Vincent Keane, Unity CEO; Dr. Elias Zerhouni, NIH director; Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director; Dr. Peter Lipsky, NIAMS scientific director; Dr. Stephen Katz, NIAMS director; and Dr. Gregory Dennis, NIAMS fellowship program director.

To celebrate, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases held a reception that included community leaders from the greater Washington area; medical experts from area hospitals and academic institutions; NIH staff; NIAMS advisory council members; and staff and patients of Unity Health Care, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Mittleman, NIAMS director of scientific interchange, addresses participants.

Through a partnership with Unity, which includes a $1-per-year rental of a medical suite in one of their health centers, NIAMS connects with the local African American and Hispanic/Latino communities, two groups disproportionately affected by some rheumatic diseases. The health center serves as a training facility for researchers, physicians and students interested in rheumatology and minority health. It also provides the local community with access to specialty care, clinical studies and health information, as well as employment and training opportunities. The center is located at 3020 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. For more information, call (202) 673-0000.

Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women's health, and Dr. John Gallin, NIH Clinical Center director, take part in the anniversary celebration.

Katz (c) introduces Zerhouni to NIAMS advisory council member Dr. Oretta Mae Todd.

NIAMS community partner Dr. Warren Ashe of Howard University (l) greets Lipsky (c) and Zerhouni.

NIAMS advisory council member Dr. Matthew Liang (l) enjoys a moment with Zerhouni (c) and Katz.

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