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ASPPH Participates in the Commemorative Booker T. Washington Negro Health Week to National Minority Health Month Forum: “100 Years of Moving Public Health Forward”

Today, the National Center of Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University, along with the Office of Minority Health and Equity at CDC and the Morehouse School of Medicine, is hosting a forum for students in public health, community advocates, policy makers, national public health partners, and federal government officials to engage in critical discourse regarding public health, ethics, and health disparities.The forum is titled “National Negro Health Week to National Minority Health Month: 100 Years of Moving Public Health Forward.” The contextual background focus is the history of health and health disparities in Colored/Negro/Black/African American culture.  The forum celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the death of Booker T. Washington, the founder and first president of the historic Tuskegee Institute.  The forum will document Tuskegee University’s work in public health which preceded the unethical U.S. Public Health Service ‘Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male at Tuskegee.  This crucial public health forum contextually revisited the 100-year public health evolution from the 1915 National Negro Health Week to Minority Health Month in 2015 and explored a vision for eliminating racial and health disparities as well as initiatives to increase diversity in the public health workforce. Keynote speakers included Dr. David Satcher, former CDC director and U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Leandris Liburd, associate director, Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC, Dr Yvonne Maddox, acting director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Angela Glover Blackwell, founder, PolicyLInk, and Dr. Sherman James, research professor of epidemiology and African American Studies, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.  The summit will lead to the development of a call-to-action that builds on what we have learned from the past to better respond to contemporary challenges and opportunities, and to pursue health equity in the twenty-first century.