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We want to say thank you to all of the men and women who have served or are serving in the military to protect our country.  We hope you have a wonderful Veterans Day weekend!

Felicia Hill-Briggs named to the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association

Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D., professor of medicine, and senior director of population health research and development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare, has been named to the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association. Hill-Briggs is also a member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, where she studies diabetes self-management, behavioral intervention trials, health disparities, neuropsychology and functional impairment disability. Keep up the great work Felicia!

Johns Hopkins Releases Comprehensive Overview of Far-Reaching Diversity Efforts, Plans

The Hub reports that the Johns Hopkins University has officially released a comprehensive plan that gives an overview of ongoing diversity efforts and also outlines next steps. The JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, a blueprint of sorts for the entire university, addresses key issues raised at an open forum held shortly after the aforementioned student protest—including lack of diversity among faculty, harassment, and hate speech. It also lays out specific actions to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity across the university—among faculty, students, and staff; in the institution's stated principles, curricula, and campus climate; and in how the university engages with Baltimore. To read the full article, visit:

POSTPONED:  Johns Hopkins Institute on Health Equity Research

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have postponed the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health Equity Research -- a two-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. This 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. 

The new dates for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health Equity Research will be announced soon. We hope you will consider registering for this course when the dates are confirmed (tentatively Spring 2017).  

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

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 the full 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. Rev. Debra Hickman, founder and CEO of Sisters Together and Reaching (STAR), serves as co-chair of the board along with Dr. Lisa Cooper.  The next CAB meeting is proposed to be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (12-1:30 pm). These lunch meetings are usually held at the STAR offices, located at 901 N. Milton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205. 

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