NSU’s minority health disparities center brought Dr. Wizdom Powell, an associate professor of health behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, to kick off its month-long observance of minority health. Powell spoke Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m., in the Student Center. Powell is also associate director of the Center of Health Equity Research, a faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the UNC Men’s Health Research Lab.
During National Minority Health Month, which began April 1, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health will join with its partners, including Norfolk State University’s Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities, in raising awareness about efforts across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment sectors to address the factors known as the social determinants of health – environmental, social and economic conditions that impact health.
Powell is a nationally recognized researcher. In 2009, she provided testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel about the clinical experiences of communities of color. In 2011-12, she was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In this role, she provided subject matter expertise on military health (e.g., PTSD, suicide and military sexual trauma).
The HHS Office of Minority Health will continue to bridge efforts across the nation to help eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity and build a stronger, healthier nation. Visit the OMH website to learn more about National Minority Health Month.