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Health Disparities Seminar Series

July 2009 Seminar Series

The theme for the July seminar series is the social determinants of health. According to the World Health Organization: “the social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status.”

Dr. John Ruffin, Director of the NCMHD, will deliver opening remarks.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Brian Smedley, Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies one of the nation's premier research and public policy institutions based in Washington, DC. (more about this speaker)


Moving from Science to Policy and Practice: Addressing Health Inequities through a Focus on Place --Place matters: where we live, work, study and play is critically important for health – and more so for children. This presentation will summarize research on the negative effects of racial and socioeconomic segregation on health, and highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in applying research to policy and practice to address health inequities and improve health opportunities. (click here for abstract)

July 16, 2009
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center
NIH Campus
Building 45 Room D
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD        



There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check to enter the NIH campus. (click here for more directions)

Sign Language Interpreters will be available. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information contact the NCMHD at 301-402-1366.

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