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Professor Talks to Students About Health Disparities

(NSU NEWSROOM--April 30, 2014)--A Johns Hopkins University professor spoke to more than 200 students and faculty this week about the importance of recognizing health disparities in minority communities.

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., a professor, researcher and director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, previewed a clip from “The Skin You’re In,” an upcoming documentary project he is producing about health in African-American communities and shared examples to support his premise about the correlation of income inequality and quality health care.

LaVeist said many things contribute to poor health condition in impoverished communities throughout U.S. such as the lack of fresh food grocery stores, crime, and mental health issues that never get treated by some healthcare professionals.

The professor is the author of four books, including “Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States,” which NSU professors use as a textbook in African-American health courses at the University.

The event was organized by the NSU Center for Health Disparities.


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