Black History Month Profiles:
Leading African-American Health Researchers Sound the Alarm on
Health Inequalities for Minorities At Home & Abroad
Black History Month does plenty to tribute the leadership of black people in every field and generation. But, it is also an opportunity to spotlight the needs of black communities in every city of every country – particularly those poverty-stricken neighborhoods in unstable conditions, and whose citizens have little to no access or resources to meet entitled needs, like health care.
What’s worse, the heath care gap between minorities and their white counterparts continue to widen, with African Americans disproportionately affected and suffering more from chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes and hypertension ), oral diseases (e.g. oral cancer), malnutrition, and other health problems. Some communities of color around the world share in similar health circumstances.
WHO: Dr. Keith Norris and Dr. Cyril Enwonwu, two African-American health research leaders, who have been on the health care frontlines, providing care and imparting research knowledge on chronic diseases they’ve learned from abroad and applied to minority communities here. They have been health research advocates for people of color throughout the world.
Both were recently selected as Ambassadors to Research!America’s (R!A) Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, and are part of a prestigious group of world-renowned global health researchers.
Below are links to their R!A profiles:
Keith Norris, MD
Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Cyril Enwonwu, ScD, PhD, MDS
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
University of Maryland
WHEN: Though February is Black History Month and an ideal time to focus on the achievements of these Black leaders and their global health research, the discussion on the health of African-
Americans, other minority groups and disadvantaged people is always timely. We welcome your interest.
Dionne Dougall-Bass, Burness Communications888-969-7446 or firstname.lastname@example.org