The State of Minority Health: What is the status of Minority Health, Post-COVID-19?
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This webinar will help to discuss the state of minority health, post pandemic, during National Minority Health Month. Where do we find ourselves now in terms of health equity? Is community engagement with trusted voices being continued by health policy makers & providers? Do we have a sustainability model for promoting engagement & health equity?


Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D.
President, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity
National Minority Quality Forum


Daniel B. Fagbuyi, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
George Washington Univ. School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel B. Fagbuyi, known as “Dr. Dan” by his patients, is a distinguished ER Physician, Biodefense Expert, Chief Medical Officer, War Veteran, Asst. Professor and Media Expert, providing strategic leadership in public health literacy, biodefense, disaster preparedness, emergency management, and business continuity of operations both nationally and internationally. He served as Medical Director for Disaster Preparedness at Children’s National Health System.

Dr. Fagbuyi is board certified and one of the first and youngest African Americans appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius (Obama Administration) to the National Biodefense Science Board to provide expert advice and guidance on complex issues of preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of public health emergencies.

Under the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, Dr. Fagbuyi (MAJOR) was a unique asset, possessing skills that enabled him to be involved in both combat and civil military operations. During civil operations, he was appointed “liaison” between the US Army and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, providing health and infrastructure assessments to the US government culminating in the rebuilding of damaged medical treatment facilities and the provision of medical treatments, food, water, and basic human essentials, ultimately winning the “hearts and minds.”

As medical expert, Dr. Fagbuyi seeks to empower the public by providing timely, tangible, and easy to digest public health information and education. He has had appearances in both lay and professional media including: The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX 5, WUSA 9, ABC WJLA 7, Associated Press, Science, Today Show and more.

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Management
Director, Center for Health Equity

One of the nation’s leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Stephen B. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Thomas has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, and over the years, his work has become recognized as one of the scholarly contributions leading to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study Done at Tuskegee. His current research focuses on the translation of evidence-based science on chronic disease into community-based interventions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

In 2014, Democratic Gov. O’Malley appointed Dr. Thomas to the Maryland Health Care Commission, an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access to quality medical and dental care. In 2019, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to a new full term on the Commission.


Originally Published on April 28, 2023

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