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>   POSTPONED:  Johns Hopkins Summer Institute on Health Equity Research

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have made the decision to postpone until fall the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health Equity Research -- a new, 2-day learning institute that the Center has worked to develop over the past six years. We are working with the Institute’s faculty to identify dates that work best for everyone in fall 2016. The course will feature medical professionals and public health researchers with substantial experience in health equity research. Course participants will have the opportunity to network with our faculty and other health equity researchers. The course primarily aims to highlight best practices in health equity research methods and key lessons from our experiences.  Thanks to all who shared their willingness and enthusiasm in helping us plan the course. 

The tentative dates for the Johns Hopkins Fall Institute for Health Equity Research are October 17-18, 2016.  We hope you will consider registering for this course when the dates are confirmed. 

Here is a link to the earlier version of the course brochure.  For further information or any questions, please email Joy Mays ( or phone 410-614-2412.

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Congratulations Deidra Crews!

Center faculty member, Deidra Crews, MD, MSc, has had a busy year! Deidra has been selected to serve on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities was created to help guide the organization’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, a framework to guide funding that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions. Join us in congratulating Deidra on this new and exciting opportunity! 

Popular Diet Known to Lower Blood Pressure also has Benefits for Kidney Health

An article coauthored by several Welch Center faculty, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and Risk of Subsequent Kidney Disease, was featured in The Johns Hopkins University’s the “HUB.” The study found that people whose diet aligned with DASH principles had significantly lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease over the course of more than two decades. To read the full article visit: Here is the citation for the paper:

Rebholz CM, Crews DC, Grams ME, Steffen LM, Levey AS, Miller III ER, Appel LJ, Coresh J. DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and Risk of Subsequent Kidney Disease. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Volume 68, Issue 2, Pages A1-A22, e9-e14, 173-334 (August 2016). 

TIME: Health Care Disparities and Service Learning

This year’s first-year medical students started off their program with a three-day course that included: talks from experts from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, legislators, community activists, and small-group discussions with their peers. Activities included a tour of Baltimore City and an afternoon engaged in service learning with a community organization. Center faulty Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD, directs this course. Other Center faculty who gave lectures include Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH, who leads the Health Care Disparities horizontal strand in the medical school, Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, MS and Chidinma Ibe, PhD. Great work everybody! 

The Center’s Beat: Weekly Update

The Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities publishes a weekly E-newsletter to inform the community regarding the research and training activities that it sponsors. To read last week's newsletter, click here.

Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Center is supported by a 30+ member advisory board made up of representatives from community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, universities, government agencies, and patients and health professionals. Board meetings include lunch and convene every four months. Our next CAB meeting will be held on August, 10, 2016 from 12-1:30 pm, at the STAR office, 901 N. Milton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205. 

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