Background Background

Background

The President’s Forum on Health Disparities is a signature event supported by UAlbany’s prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) S21 Award, entitled “The Endowment for Community-Based Health Disparities Research and Training.” This annual event is intended to promote research on health disparities, foster engagement and collaboration, and contribute to the achievement of health equity.

Addressing health disparities is a critical public health priority for New York State as well as our entire nation. New York has an exceptionally diverse population spanning race and ethnicity with people living in very rural to very urban places and coming from very wealthy to very poor socioeconomic conditions. Regrettably, equally good health is not afforded to all New Yorkers.

2018 Health Disparities
April 24, 2018 - President's Forum on Health Disparities

Our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities for all racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. This will require people, institutions and governments to come together to understand the sources of disparities in health, research and test novel solutions, and bring them to scale to affect good health.  While much work has been done to improve health and extend the average lifespan, much more work remains. As Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health once said, “As long as even one of our fellow Americans encounters barriers to optimal care, whatever the reason, our work is unfinished.”

Members of our campus community, colleagues from across institutions of higher education, along with partners from healthcare providers and community groups will be invited to the President’s Forum. In addition to the exchange of ideas, new concepts and solutions, the Forum will also provide professional development and networking opportunities to foster future research and scholarly collaboration.