In The News
Statement is First to Describe Hispanic Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke (Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.)
Hispanic-Americans need a culturally tailored approach to improve their
heart health, according to an American Heart Association statement -
the first to describe the burden of heart disease and stroke among the
diverse population with origins in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the
Dominican Republic and Central and South America.
A diverse population, Hispanics carry a heavy burden of heart disease and stroke. (more)
Dr. Rodriguez is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Myrlie Evers-Williams Lends Name to UMMC Institute Bolstering Health Equality; Will Collaborate With The Maya Angelou Center for
Miss. – Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers,
helped dedicate the UMMC Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the
Elimination of Health Disparities during a ceremony today at the Jackson
Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.
of the institute represents a new partnership between the University of
Mississippi Medical Center and the Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts,
and signifies the renaming of the Mississippi
Institute for the Improvement of Geographical Minority Health Disparities,
created to close the gap between those who receive proper medical care and
those who don’t.
revamped organization will focus on three main areas of concern in Mississippi:
health disparities, minority men’s health and research training – issues that
resonate with Evers-Williams, who spoke to a gathering of an estimated 130
Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD,
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, is interviewed by WXII about how she
will best remember her mentor Dr. Maya Angelou and the impact she had on
her life and career.
Kate B. Reyenolds Charitable Trust is pleased to announce our grants
process for the August 12, 2014 grant application deadline. The basic
programmatic interests and eligibility criteria will also hold true for
the February 2015 cycle. The Poor and Needy Division’s financial and
human resources continue to be committed to improving the quality of
life and health of financially disadvantaged individuals in Forsyth
encourage grant applications from local organizations, as well as
organizations located outside of Forsyth County, if the project serves
financially disadvantaged Forsyth County residents. We will not accept applications for projects serving individuals outside of Forsyth County. (more)
Dr. Allyn Howlett Becomes Center Affiliate
Allyn Howlett, PhD has been approved/accepted as an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Howlett, professor in Physiology & Pharmacology, is actively
involved in the Center Research Training and Education Core and her
research and training experiences are an excellent fit with our mission.
Welcome Dr. Howlett.
Charlene Hunt Accepted
Into The NC Native Leadership Institute
Charlene Hunt, program
coordinator for the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, was recently
accepted into The NC Native Leadership Institute (NLI).
The Institute is the only culturally tailored leadership training program in
the state for current and emerging Native leaders who are interested in
sharpening their leadership skills, expanding their networks, and fostering
unity across all tribes and Indian communities in North Carolina.
Participants are selected through a competitive application process and receive
a scholarship to cover expenses related to mileage, overnight accommodations,
food, books and supplies.
Dr. Ronny A. Bell Wins Alumni Award
Dr. Ronny A. Bell,
professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention and director
of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of
Medicine, recently received the 2014 UNC University Diversity Alumni
Award. Dr. Bell received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-CH in public
health and nutrition. His primary research and clinical interests are
chronic disease prevalence and risk factors, with particular emphasis on
ethnic minority populations. He serves as chair of the North Carolina
American Indian Health Board and as a member of the American Indian
Alaska Native Workgroup for the National Diabetes Education Program. Dr.
Bell is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe of eastern North Carolina
and serves on the advisory board for the UNC American Indian Center. (more)
Diabetes Lecture Presented by Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS
Dr. Leonard E. Egede, Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Health Disparities Research, Medical University of South Carolina, gave a lecture on April 4, 2014 entitled, "Technology-Assisted Case Management: An Innovative Approach to Diabetes Management". This lecture was a part of the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series.
Dr. Ronny Bell Delivers Zollicoffer Lecture at UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Ronny Bell delivered the 34th Zollicoffer lecture at UNC Chapel Hill on February 21st, 2014. Dr. Bell's lecture was entitled, "Health Disparities Among American Indians in North Carolina." The Zollicoffer Lecture is held in recognition of the legacy of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer, the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garwyn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and is held in conjunction with a community service day and a banquet. The event is sponsored by the UNC Student National Medical Association and the UNC School of Medicine.
Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Michael Zollicoffer, son of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer and chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Cedric Bright, Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the Department of Medical Education at the UNC School of Medicine.
Dr. Kathryn Weaver Wins Award
Dr. Kathryn Weaver was selected as the Early Career Investigator in Clinical Sciences in the 2014 Faculty Research Awards. This is well-deserved recognition of Kate's accomplishments and her critical contributions to the success of other scientists.
Awards will be presented (and awardees will briefly present their work) on May 13 from 11:30-2:00 in the Commons Conference Room in the Nutrition Building
Dr. Weaver is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Latham-Sadler To Be Honored at Black History Month Event
Brenda A. Latham-Sadler, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine and associate dean of student inclusion and diversity, will be honored at the Salem Lodge No. 139 Black History Month Community Awards Banquet & Robert A. Miller Scholarship Gala in Winston-Salem on February 22. Latham-Sadler is among several female community leaders that have been selected.
The theme for this year's event focuses on women's contributions that help empower, uplift and improve the lives of those within the local community. In choosing to honor leading women and women's organizations, the Gala Planning Committee recognizes the change agents that women like Latham-Sadler have become in the community.
Wharton Gladden Announces Major Gift to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
(Greensboro, NC) November 5, 2013 - Boutique real estate investment banking firm Wharton Gladden & Company will partner with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to present an annual lecture series on diabetes research and prevention. The announcement came at the company's 10th anniversary party, held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Piedmont Club in downtown Winston-Salem.
The $10,000 grant to fund the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series comes from the Power of One Fund, the charitable fund that Wharton Gladden established in 2009. The fund is administered by the National Christian Foundation in Raleigh.
More than 75 clients and friends of the company attended the event, which was part of the club's monthly "First Friday with Friends" series.
In his remarks to guests, Managing Director Algenon Cash looked back on the company's founding in 2003 and his decision to name the firm after Irene Wharton and Franklin Gladden, who largely inspired and mentored him.
"Quite frankly, I never would've made it out of that little shotgun house in East Winston if it hadn't been for these extraordinary people," Cash said. "By naming the company Wharton Gladden, we honor not just their names, but the principles they lived by. Namely, that it's not enough that you just live; you have to live and serve. That's the kind of company we've built over the last 10 years." (more)
Algernon Cash, Managing Director, Wharton Gladden
Alanna Linden, President, National Christian Foundation (Raleigh Branch)
Andrea Jenkins, Major Gifts Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Ronny Bell, Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Don Bowden, Director, Center for Diabetes Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Dr. Ronny Bell discusses National Health Disparities Month on WXII 12 news