5010.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Training of the Emerging Majority for the Elimination of Health Disparities: Curricular Issues in the Training of Public Health Professionals

The Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) will discuss the relevance of training students from African and Latino descent in the fields of Public Health. The Emerging Majority Affairs Committee (EMAC) of AYAPH has evolved from what was formerly known as the Minority Affairs Committee. The new name has been adapted to reflect the growing change in the demographics of the US. EMAC's immediate objectives are to implement a primary and secondary recruitment program and to establish a scholarship fund for under-represented students. In 1998, the Harvard School of Public Health was awarded an IMSD grant (Initiative for Minority Student Development) from NIH. This grant provides funding for pre and post doctoral students, summer interns and an annual one-day workshop on minority health issues. The scientific focus of the grant is "Quantitative Issues in Community-Based Research," so that training in biostatistics and epidemiology is given a strong emphasis. Critical to the success of the program is a weekly brown-bag lunch seminar, which builds community among the students and faculty involved with the grant. Meeting the goal of Healthy People 2010 will require national commitments on several levels. Identifying and addressing the racially disparate diseases and their underlying causes is an important charge. Some efforts are being taken to address diversity at schools of medicine and other allied health professions, but little notice is given in the areas of research, epidemiology and health care administration. for the enrollment of students and recruitment of faculty from under-represented communities
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Panelist(s):Cassandra Arroyo
Kevin P. Nelson, MPH
Louise M. Ryan, PhD
Organizer(s):Linda G. Marc, MPH, MS
Sponsor:Black Caucus of Health Workers
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Latino Caucus; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA