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UMD Center for Health Equity to Receive Award from the American Public Health Association

The Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) has been selected as the APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section’s 2018 Health Equity Award recipient.

The award honors individuals or organizations that have worked to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity through advances in health education or communication. Dr. Stephen B. 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 during the PHEHP Awards Luncheon.

Since its founding in 2010, the 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 the state of Maryland. The center’s vision is building bridges, building trust and building healthy communities designed to reduce the burden of premature illness and preventable deaths 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 University of Maryland School of Public Health’s dean, Dr. Boris Lushniak, and selected through a competitive process.

“The Maryland Center for Health Equity’s work has allowed for thousands of individuals to receive health-related support and care, while promoting engagement and community-based learning opportunities for our students, staff, faculty and community partners,” Dr. Lushniak noted in his nomination.

The M-CHE’s programs dedicated to reducing health disparities and improving health include:

Read the full story on the UMD School of Public Health website.