NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series – April 2014

The National Institutes of Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Paula Braveman as the featured speaker for the April 2014 NIH Health Disparities Seminar. The April Seminar presentation will focus on health disparities from a social justice perspective in honor of National Minority Health Month.

During National Minority Health Month, we raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and the nation as a whole. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. By making healthy and safe choices and engaging in healthy and safe behaviors, we can improve our quality of life. But where we live, learn, work and play has an enormous impact on our ability to make healthy decisions. Unless we work to address the differences in health related to these social, economic and environmental factors, we are not going to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

In her presentation, Dr. Paula Braveman will provide an overview of the concept of health disparities and a conceptual framework for thinking about how disparities are created, exacerbated, and perpetuated across lifetimes and generations. (Click here for abstract)

Dr. Paula Braveman is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). For more than 25 years, she has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has actively engaged in bringing attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health, particularly in maternal and infant health and health care. During the 1990s, Dr. Braveman worked with World Health Organization staff in Geneva to develop and implement a global initiative on equity in health and health care. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with local, state, national, and international health agencies to see rigorous research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

Presentation Title:

Health Disparities: The Issue is Justice

Guest Speaker:

Paula Braveman, MD, MPH (Click here for bio)

Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


Thursday, April 17, 2014

3:00 - 4:30 P.M.

Seminar Video Recording:

Click here to view April's video recorded seminar.


NIH Campus

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium

45 Center Drive

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 video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.