Who We Are

A Message From Our Founder

imgresOnce a vision just a few short years ago, ICHAD became a reality last summer and was met with great enthusiasm and hope. The informative and cutting edge presentations, publications, and partnerships developed through the planning and implementation of ICHAD established ongoing cross‐national dialogues among scholars, program developers, policy makers, artists and activists. All of these stakeholders work every day to improve the health status of African descent populations in the Western Hemisphere.I want to express my deep appreciation for our partners at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, whose major funding and unwavering commitment made this event possible. And I also want to thank the numerous individuals and many friends who continue to support this effort in countless ways.

-Thomas A. LaVeist

The ICHAD Network

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Founded in 1916 by William H. Welch and John D. Rockefeller, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a world-renowned institution dedicated to the education of a diverse group of research scientists and public health professionals, a process inseparably linked to the discovery of new knowledge and the advancement of human health and the prevention of disease and disability around the world. The Bloomberg School—the largest public health school in the world—has 2,287 students from 86 nations. The school has over 60 centers and institutes and is involved in ongoing research projects in the US and over 120 countries. The school receives 20 percent of all federal research funds awarded to the 46 accredited U.S. schools of public health. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been consistently rated No. 1 by the U.S. News and World Report since 1994, which was the first year the magazine began ranking schools of public health.

Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions

Established in 2002, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) is a research center of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The mission of HCHDS is to generate and disseminate knowledge to reduce racial/ethnic and social class disparities in health status and health care through research, training, community partnerships and advocacy. Much of the center’s work is done through efforts in research, training and community outreach Previously, HCHDS had an exclusively national focus, with much of its work taking place in the local Baltimore community. In 2011, HCHDS established the ICHAD project with a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, marking a planned expansion of the HCHDS vision and programs. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center for Excellence in Health Disparities by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Over the years, the Kellogg Foundation’s programming has continued to evolve, striving to remain innovative and responsive to the ever-changing needs of society. As a general guideline, the Foundation allocates 80 percent of its funding each year to the United States, targeting half of its domestic grants to Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico, priority states where the need is great and where we have the scale and local knowledge to make the greatest impact. The Foundation invests the remaining 20 percent to promote leadership development and scholarship in Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean, northeastern Brazil and southern Africa.

OTHER PARTNERS

National Institute for Minority Health Disparities

Inter-American Development Bank

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

University of Southern Caribbean

University of the West Indies – Trinidad & Tobago

African Black Global Diaspora Network

ICHAD 2012 INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Honorable Benjamin C. Cardin, United States Senate

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, United States House of Representatives, Maryland

Major General Elder Granger US Army (retired) President/CEO THE 5Ps, LLC, SDVOSB, Healthcare, Thought Leadership, and Education Consulting

Ms. Mabel Lara, Lead National Television Anchor, Caracol Television, Colombia

Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine, USA

Mr. Dojival Viera, Editor, Afropress, Brazil

George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization

ICHAD 2012 MARYLAND HOST COMMITTEE

Mr. Eddie C. Brown, Founder and President, Brown Capital Management

The Honorable Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Maryland House of Delegates

Mr. Kweisi Mfume, former member, United States House of Representatives, Maryland and past President, NAACP

The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, former State Senator, Maryland

Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr., Pastor, The New Psalmist Baptist Church

ICHAD 2012 Editorial Committee

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, Professor, Department of Bio behavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University

Gillian Barclay, DDS, DrPH, Vice President, Aetna Foundation, Inc.

Wanda Bernard, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University

Janice Bowie, PhD, Faculty Associate, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD Professor & Chair, Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, CUNY

Noel Brathwaite, PhD, MSPH, Director, Department of Research and Graduate Studies, University of the Southern Caribbean

Kitty Chan, PhD, Faculty Associate, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Michele David, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University

Josephine Etowa, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa

Darrell J. Gaskin, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Michael Hanchard, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Daniel L. Howard, PhD, Executive Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, Meharry Medical College

Marjorie Innocent, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Thomas LaVeist, PhD, Conference Chairman; Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change, New York University School of Medicine

Keshia Pollack, PhD, Faculty Associate, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Charles N. Rotimi, PhD, Director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Institutes of Health

Brian D. Smedley, PhD, Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Roland Thorpe Jr., PhD, Faculty Associate, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Antonio Trujillo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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