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Vol. LXVII, No. 13
June 19, 2015
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NIMHD Hosts National Minority Health Month Events

NIMHD hosted several events in recognition of National Minority Health Month in April. This year’s theme, “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America,” marks the 30th anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins hosted Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, for a conversation in Masur Auditorium.

The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association joined NIMHD to cohost a kompa class on the Bldg. 31A patio to promote exercise, health and wellness through dance. Kompa is a modern meringue genre dance in Haiti with European and African roots.

A new event—the NIMHD Health Disparities Science Café: Effectively Communicating and Disseminating Science to Inform Public Health Policy—rounded out the month in the Clinical Center atrium as part of NIH Minority Health Promotion Day.

Also on hand that day were exhibitors from the institutes and centers as well the HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center and three local NIMHD grantees— the Maryland Center for Health Equity, the NIMHD Research Center on Latino Immigrant Refugee Health Disparities and the Health Policy Research Consortium.

Guest speaker Kweisi Mfume (l), former U.S. congressman (D-MD), president & CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and principal investigator of the Health Policy Research Consortium, an NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center Program, addresses the first Health Disparities Science Café he chats with Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (l) and NIMHD acting director Dr. Yvonne Maddox

Guest speaker Kweisi Mfume (l), former U.S. congressman (D-MD), president & CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and principal investigator of the Health Policy Research Consortium, an NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center Program, addresses the first Health Disparities Science Café; at right, he chats with Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin (l) and NIMHD acting director Dr. Yvonne Maddox.

Photos: Ernie Branson

Valerie Jarrett (3rd from l), senior advisor to President Barack Obama and assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, joined NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (c), for a public chat in Masur Auditorium. Also on hand to greet Jarrett for her campus visit were (from l) NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Office of Research on Women’s Health director Dr. Janine Clayton, NIH deputy director for science, outreach and policy Dr. Kathy Hudson, Maddox, and NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak.

Valerie Jarrett (3rd from l), senior advisor to President Barack Obama and assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, joined NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (c), for a public chat in Masur Auditorium. Also on hand to greet Jarrett for her campus visit were (from l) NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Office of Research on Women’s Health director Dr. Janine Clayton, NIH deputy director for science, outreach and policy Dr. Kathy Hudson, Maddox, and NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak.

Photo: Bill Branson

Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (l) and Dr. Rina Das (r) of NIMHD share information at an NIH Minority Health Promotion Day exhibit in the Clinical Center. Participants learn the fundamentals of kompa in a class jointly hosted by NIMHD and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association. The event promoted exercise, health and wellness through dance. Like salsa and merengue, kompa is danced with a partner.

Above, l: Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (l) and Dr. Rina Das (r) of NIMHD share information at an NIH Minority Health Promotion Day exhibit in the Clinical Center.

Photo: Ernie Branson

Right: Participants learn the fundamentals of kompa in a class jointly hosted by NIMHD and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association. The event promoted exercise, health and wellness through dance. Like salsa and merengue, kompa is danced with a partner.

Photo: Edgar Dews III

 


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