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Project Highlights

On April 21, 2012, faculty and students from the Faculty of Medical Sciences were invited to a scholarly presentation by Professor Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, and President of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than two decades. After the presentation staff and students spoke with Professor Sullivan and had their pictures taken to mark the occasion.

Dr Marlene Y. MacLeish, Project Director of the USCAHDR describes her poster “Building Effective Partnerships to Improve Global Health” at the NIH/NIMHD Health Disparities Conference, National Harbour, Maryland. Dr MacLeish also presented papers at the13th Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) International Symposium on Health Disparities in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 9-10, 2013.

On November 7, 2013 Dr Trevor Ferguson presented a paper entitled “Educational Health Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Jamaica:  Findings from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Surveys” at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences 22nd Annual Research Conference, in Kingston, Jamaica. The paper highlighted changing patterns in educational health disparities among men and women for the years 2001 and 2008 and that those health disparities were largest for diabetes mellitus and overweight/obesity.  The paper was well received and stimulated robust discussion.

Notable events

Steering Committee Meeting, March 20, 2012
The USCAHDR Steering Committee Meeting to outline research plans for years 1 & 2 of the Cooperative Agreement was held in Virginia, US. The meeting was attended by  NIMHD officials, Dr. Nathaniel Stinson, Acting Director, Division of Scientific Programs and Dr. Jennifer L. Alvidrez, Health Sciences Administrator.  Additional members of the External Steering Committee include Dr. Claudia R. Baquet, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Dr. Nigel Unwin, UWI.

USACAHDR site visit to UWI Mona, April 21-24, 2012.
  • A three-member delegation including Dr. L.W. Sullivan, Dr. Claudia Baquet, and Dr. Marlene MacLeish visited the Mona Campus for the project’s first planning meeting.
  • Dr. L.W. Sullivan gave a University-wide Lecture, Global Health Disparities: Challenges and Opportunities, which was attended by students and staff of the Faculty of Medical Sciences as well as other University members.
Steering Committee Meeting February 21, 2013
  • The second USCAHDR Steering Committee meeting focused on the assessment and evaluation of  Year 2 activities  and  implementation of Year 3 research activities, including research emanating from three program cores: 1) Evidence Core, 2) Analysis Core and 3) the E-platform.