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Vol. LXIII, No. 17
August 19, 2011

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LaVeist To Give ‘Mind the Gap’ Lecture, Sept. 6

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeis

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and William C. and Nancy F. Richardson professor in health policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/2.

He will discuss the state of efforts to explain race disparities in health. He will explore why biological/genetic approaches, health care access and socioeconomic status have all failed to explain race disparities. Results from a study being conducted at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions show that social factors seem to be the primary reason for race disparities. Specifically, this research indicates that disparities are caused by race differences in the health risk environments where black and white Americans live.

LaVeist is a professor, author and public speaker who has been featured in Newsweek, Newsday, Black Enterprise and the Baltimore Sun as well as on CNN, National Public Radio and other national media outlets. His studies have focused on the major health care gaps in America, the trends causing them and the problems they create. He has written numerous articles published in scientific, public health and medical journals. LaVeist received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and his Ph.D. degree in medical sociology from the University of Michigan.

This seminar, part of the Medicine: Mind the Gap lecture series, is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and NCI’s health disparities interest group. Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Paris Watson,, (301) 496-6615. For more information, visit NIHRecord Icon

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