Friday, October 16, 2009

Liberty, Justice and Good Health for All

The 2nd annual conference of the Health Disparities Institute brought inspirational words to an audience of health educators, students and health care professionals.
The keynote address was delivered by Margaret Heckler, currently the US Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.
At one point in her career she served as US Secretary of Health and Human Services and directed the first national study into the differences in health status between persons of color and the majority population.

She spoke about the mission to bridge the gap in health outcomes as one of the components of the modern day civil rights movement in America. The conference was held over the course of two days at the St. John Westin Resort. It was sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center (CERC), National Center on Minority and Health Disparities, led by former UVI Nursing Division Director, Dr. Gloria Callwood.