Congratulations to the Maryland Center for Health Equity! Not only will HELI Faculty Dr. Stephen B. Thomas be attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference in San Diego next week, he’ll be accepting an award honoring the Maryland Center!
The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) has been recognized by the APHA with its 2018 Health Equity Award for its work improving the health of Maryland residents.
Given by APHA’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section, the award honors one individual or organization each year that has worked to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity through advances in health education or communication. Dr. Thomas, professor of Health Services Administration and M-CHE director, will accept the award on behalf of the center at the APHA annual meeting in San Diego, California during the PHEHP Awards Luncheon taking place on Tuesday, November 13.
Since its founding in 2010, M-CHE has established a community-based research infrastructure working in partnership with local residents, policy decision makers, for profit and non-profit institutions throughout Prince George’s County and across the state of Maryland. The center’s vision is building bridges, building trust and building healthy communities all designed to reduce the burden of premature illness and preventable death among populations suffering from health disparities. According to Dr. Thomas, “We take pride in working closely with communities disproportionately affected by chronic disease and health inequities associated with discrimination. We are addressing the social determinants of health and connecting communities with technology designed to improve access to evidence-based health information and health care services they can afford.”
The M-CHE was nominated for the Health Equity Award by the UMD School of Public Health’s Dean Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, and selected through a competitive process.