by Tara Beverly
According to a recent study by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., more than
80,000 black Americans die every year because of disparities in
health care. In 2002, the independent Institute of Medicine
reported that racial and ethic minorities received lower quality
health care than whites even when they were at the same income
level or had the same insurance. Although the government, public
and insurance companies know minorities are shortchanged in
health care, the inequalities persist, said Satcher and other
experts in the field.
Created in April 1989, Minority Health Month is a
30-day campaign of high-visibility health promotion. The month
is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and to provide vital
information on disease prevention and cure for minorities.
Conducted with and by community based agencies and
organizations, this campaign reaches into urban, suburban and
rural areas of the Ohio. Goals of the month also include
highlighting solutions to the imbalance of health care between
Ohio’s minority and majority populations as well as gaining
additional support for on-going efforts to improve minority
health year round. The Ohio Commission on Minority Health,
created in 1987 by the Ohio General Assembly, supports activities throughout the state.
During Minority Health Month,
the Center of Excellence for Multicultural Medicine and the
Office of Student Affairs have invited several speakers to
discuss disparities in minority health care.
Pat Burnett, Ph.D.,
director of student affairs, has high hopes for the college’s
“As a college, we are proud to
join the state and national celebrations for Minority Health
Month,” says Burnett. “We will highlight the month with a series
of speakers addressing both specific population health problems
as well as providing a national overview of issues affecting
health care for minority populations. It is critical that we
become better informed concerning health disparities and
cultural competence as we strive to deliver quality health care.
This is at the heart of practicing medicine,” she says.
De-Anthony King, academic
enrichment administrator, is very excited about OU-COM’s
participation in Minority Health Month.
“Understanding issues crucial to
improving minority health is important at the College of
Osteopathic Medicine,” says King.
“We want to train our students
and physicians to be aware and sensitive to non-majority
ethnicities and cultures, so that as health-care professionals
they will be able deliver the best possible clinical care to
“The speakers that we chose are
physicians from various minority groups and are very active in
their communities. They will discuss a variety of topics, from
home remedies to pediatric obesity. There will be a great
overview of different cultures provided by our speakers,” he
The program will begin Tuesday,
April 5, with Ronald Myers, M.D., former president of the
National Medical Association and head of the Myers Foundation
For Indigent Health Care and
and will continue
Thursday, April 7, with Darrell Grace, D.O., OU-COM CORE
medical equity teacher. Grace will be followed by Nick
Espinoza, D.O. (’90), OU-COM CORE medical equity teacher,
Monday, April 11, and Chau Pham, D.O. (’95), assistant
professor of geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine,
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Friday, April
22. The final speaker will be Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., former
dean of OU-COM and now dean of the College of Osteopathic
Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology, Thursday, April
28. All speakers will present from noon to 1 p.m. in Irvine 199.
For more information, please
contact De-Anthony King at (740) 593-2465 or e-mail,
the week of March 21 – March 26
the week of March 14 – March 19
the week of March 7 – March 12