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Message from the Dean

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Edward Abraham, MD

Approaches to delivering medical care are undergoing significant transformation in the US, with these changes driving the need for research aimed at determining how we can improve the health of our overall population.   Medical education needs to produce highly skilled, culturally competent, and compassionate health care providers.  Enhanced diversification of the health care and academic research workforce is an essential component of addressing our country's health care needs.  As noted in a recent report by the Blue Ridge Academic Group, academic medical centers must be more purposeful in partnering with their communities to address pressing health and health care needs.

We are truly fortunate to have the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) at Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) to assist in achieving these goals relating to new approaches for improving population health.  The mission of the MACHE, the achievement of health equity through transforming scientific discovery to action, is consistent with the mission of our medical center. 

The focus of the MACHE on disparities in diabetes and obesity addresses one of the most significant public health issues of our generation.  WFSM is committed to pre-eminent research and health care in these areas, and through the efforts of the MACHE, we are well positioned to achieve this goal.  The recent designation of the MACHE as a NIH funded Center of Excellence with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities recognizes the outstanding contributions of MACHE faculty and affiliates in diabetes and obesity translational research addressing disparities in African American and Hispanic communities.

MACHE programs aimed at developing and training research scientists and health care providers committed to addressing disparities in health care are an integral part of the Medical Center's efforts to train the next generation of highly competent, culturally diverse scientists and clinicians.   These programs also help Wake Forest to establish and maintain partnerships with local and regional academic centers. 

I applaud the members of the Maya Angelou Center for their hard work and dedication to achieving health equity through research, outreach and educational training. I am tremendously proud of their past accomplishments and very much look forward to the major future contributions that they will make to improving our country's health.

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Last Updated: 05-31-2016
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