Health Disparities Round Table 2013: Engaging Communities in Public Health Research, Practice and Policy

Past Health Disparities roundtables have focused on community and policy level strategies to reduce health disparities. We believe engaging communities in identifying solutions to their health needs is key to implementing effective research, policies, and practices that reduce health disparities. This year's theme therefore focuses on effective methods for engaging minority and other communities in health research, practice, and policy.
Byllye Avery, M.Ed.
Byllye Avery is a health care activist and organizer with a particular focus on African American women's health. She received her M.A. from the University of Florida and her L.H.D. from Bates College. She founded the National Black Women's Health Project in 1981 and the Avery Institute for Social Change.
Amy Jo Schulz, Ph.D.
Dr. Schulz received her Ph.D. in Sociology and her M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on social factors that contribute to health with a particular focus on health disparities and urban communities. She uses CBPR methods in her research, which includes evaluation studies (i.e. community needs assessments, outcome evaluations).
Latino Voices
Latino Voices is a joint program of "The Family Partnership" (south Minneapolis collaborator of "La Conexion de las Americas" which just dissolved, but was the originator of the project) and "Interfaith Coalition on Immigration". Latino Voices aims to build understanding of systematic forces that have caused the immigration crisis, through a combination of individual stories and fact-based information on U.S. policy and history. They are working to create an environment of tolerance and understanding in which a fair, humane immigration system can be implemented.