Every April, we celebrate National Minority Health Month in recognition of health issues that impact racial and ethnic populations. During April 2009, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities hosted a number of events including the recognizing the first annual winners of the Community Health Disparities Recognition Awards, educational opportunities with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, and student events to highlight community engagement opportunities to improve minority health.
On April 2, 2009, the Center hosted the Community Health Disparities Recognition Reception where the Center awarded: Dr. Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Students Against Violence at College of St. Mary, and One World Community Health Centers, Inc. The awards were to recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate contributions, commitment, passion, and creativity towards reducing health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities, underserved, and rural communities throughout Nebraska. Mayor Fahey also provided a proclamation pronouncing the start of National Minority Health Month in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Center and the UNMC Office of of Student Equity and Multicultural Affairs hosted Dr. Mindy Fullilove on April 21-22, 2009. We held a community dinner, a faculty breakfast, Grand Rounds, and facilitated her message into various media mediums. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University.