April 2010 Seminar Series
In commemoration of National Minority Health Month, the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) invites you to the next NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series scheduled for April 23, 2010.
Place matters. The health of people from communities experiencing health disparities is affected by where they live. People from communities experiencing health disparities often have fewer medical services and access to fewer doctors and specialists than their more affluent suburban counterparts do. They often face environmental and political factors that affect health—from poor air quality to less school funding.
Dr. Patrick Remington, Associate Dean for Public Health Professor at the Population Health Sciences School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, developed a report that ranked the health of every county in the United States. The report, which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, measures premature death, quality of life, unemployment, poverty, air pollution, access to healthy food, chronic disease and lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol use. The data draws attention to urgent health concerns in each community. It serves as a call to action that unites health professionals, city officials, educators and businesses that want to improve the health of people in their communities. Having local data is the biggest motivator for changing and improving the health of communities, according to Remington. Although other studies have ranked states based on health factors, this is the first study where researchers have examined multiple factors that affect health in each county in all 50 states.
Dr. Patrick Remington
Associate Dean for Public Health
Professor, Population Health Sciences
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topic: The County Health Rankings: Health Disparities by Place
Friday, April 23, 2010
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center
Building 45, Balcony A
45 Center Drive
For more information visit the NCMHD website at http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov or call 301-402-1366.
There is limited parking on campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check.
Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at
301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).