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National Minority Health Month celebrated with awards!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dr. BetancourtOn April 26, 2016, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, founder/director of Disparities Solutions Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School spoke about implementation of solutions to the documented disparities in medicine. Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care said, “By drawing attention to the factors that help minority populations achieve wellness, we are also building a stronger foundation for our nation’s increasingly diverse populations to prosper for generations to come.” Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Deborah Plummer said “We are also excited to honor those caregivers who have gone over and beyond their work responsibilities to provide culturally competent care and reduce health care disparities.”

In addition to the inspirational speaker, there were awards of service presented in the areas of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Reducing Health Disparities and Cultural Competence in Medicine.  Patrick Muldoon President of UMass Memorial Medical Center and Dr. Deborah Demarco, Senior Associate Dean of GME, presented the GME Reducing Health Disparities Award to Jessica Bossie, MD, Nora Lamartine, MD, Ivonne Mclean, MD and Pamela Sansoucy, MD. Dr. Dickson presented the Cultural Competence in Medicine Award to Connie Camelo, Director of Interpreter Services. Join us in congratulating them on their exemplary service to UMass Memorial Health Care and our community.

President Muldoon explained, “During April, U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health marks National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.  National Minority Health Month began a little over 100 years ago as National Negro Health Week.  That observance grew into what is today a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country, on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities – National Minority Health Month. UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School and our many partners provide numerous and varied programs aimed at reducing health disparities. Our physicians, nurses, residents, caregivers, students and researchers are committed to achieving the ambitious goal of health equity through their work and sustained engagement with advocates and experts in the field."

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