NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series – April 2012

In honor of National Minority Health Month, the National Institutes of Health is pleased to host representatives from other Federal agencies for a special presentation on the compounding non-biological factors that affect health and health disparities. This speakers’ forum will take place on April 19, 2012 as part of the NIH Minority Health Promotion Day.

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. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status."

This session will explore the role of factors such as housing circumstances, environmental influences, transportation, poverty, and social justice in health disparities. It will also highlight work taking place nationally and globally by Federal agencies to address the social determinants of health in an effort to improve the health of minority and other underserved populations.

Presentation Title:

The Social Determinants of Health in Health Disparities: Can We Afford to Ignore Them?


Peter J. Ashley, Dr.P.H. (Click here for bio)

Director, Policy and Standards Division

Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Washington, D.C.

Thomas E. Feucht, Ph.D. (Click here for bio)

Executive Senior Science Advisor

National Institute of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Washington, D.C.

Ms. Shawn Malarcher (Click here for bio)

Senior Best Practices Utilization Advisor

Office of Population and Reproductive Health

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Washington, D.C.

Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D. - Moderator (Click here for bio)

Vice President and Director

Health Policy Institute

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Washington, D.C.

Onyemaechi C. Nweke, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (Click here for bio)

Physical Scientist

Office of Environmental Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Tuesday, April 19, 2012

2:00 - 3:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view April's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus

Masur Auditorium, Building 10

Bethesda, MD

Additional Information:

There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website within a few days following the seminar. 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).