Maryland University of Integrative Health is pleased to announce our second annual Cultural Proficiency Lecture about Health Disparities and Integrative Health.
Health disparity is defined as “a particular type of health difference closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”¹
Studies show that in the United States, non-Hispanic blacks are 50% more likely to die from cardio vascular disease than non-Hispanic whites and that employed individuals have lower levels of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, anxiety and depression.² MUIH is passionate and committed to helping to improve these statistics through the disciplines of integrative health.
Please join the MUIH community on Thursday, October 11 from 7:00 to 9:00pm for an informative and inspiring lecture and discussion with Dr. Chu Chu Onwuachi-Saunders, MD, MPH.
Dr. Saunders is a mother, pediatrician, and former medical epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where for over 10 years she was involved with issues related to children’s health and youth violence prevention. She was also a program officer at the Ford Foundation, Senior Deputy Director of Health in Washington DC and Philadelphia’s Deputy Heath Commissioner. She served as Senior Deployment/Operations Manager for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Katrina Assistance Project. Dr. Saunders is currently a public health consultant and the author of various journal articles and a children’s book for girls entitled OOOPS!
¹U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. Phase I report: Recommendations for the framework and format of Healthy People 2020 [Internet]. Section IV: Advisory Committee findings and recommendations [cited 2010 January 6].