Archive for July, 2013

  • For Those Who Care About Closing the Disparities Gap: Check-out This Research!America Poll

    Minority healthcare suffers from disgraceful deficiencies in the scientific basis of clinical care.  A big part of the problem has been an absence of adequate clinical research.  This new poll from Research!America is useful in dispelling some myths regarding minority populations’ willingness to participate in clinical trials. “The poll reveals a willingness among minorities to participate in clinical trials to […]
  • July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

    A Critical Need and How You Can Help July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month, a month designated by Congress because of the critical need for more African American bone marrow donors. African American patients in need of a marrow transplant are nearly 30% less likely to find a potentially life-saving marrow donor compared to Caucasians. Read the stories […]
  • National Health Observances …

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated National Health Observances, which are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. At, you have access to National Health Observance (NHO) toolkits, which have been created to help you make a difference. Show everyone that your organization is committed to health and wellness. Use NHO […]
  • Anyone Interested in Gun Violence Prevention Should Read this Report …

    The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an article authored by Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ, titled “IOM Details an Ambitious Agenda for US Gun Violence Research“.   These are important recommendations from the Institute of Medicine on gun violence and advancing research in this field. “The research agenda, which is intended to produce actionable data for public health […]
  • Check Out an Important Article on Prevention from JAMA

    The Paradox of Disease Prevention-Celebrated in Principle, Resisted in Practice by Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, provides a thought-provoking reflection on an essential topic that is worthy of your attention. Prevention of disease is often difficult to put into practice. Among the obstacles: the success of prevention is invisible, lacks drama, often requires persistent behavior change, and may be long delayed; statistical […]
  • Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance

    Many of the people that I meet along the way are moving into and past their “middle years.”  Learning to do so with grace and dignity is a key component of creating a fully healthy life.  I am really enjoying the guidance and perspectives of Bob Buford … you might want to look into this for yourself. Halftime: Moving from […]
  • I’m Really Excited to Join RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America

    It is not possible to create healthy people if we don’t create healthy communities.  Getting the science and the policies right, and recruiting and organizing resources is essential to the health of America.  RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America is breaking new ground and it’s worth paying attention to!  I urge you to click on the link above and […]
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    As noted by Mary Woolley, President of Research! America: “Setting our nation’s sights high, rather than watching Rome burn; that’s the advice embedded in a recent op-ed authored by John R. Seffrin, PhD (CEO of the American Cancer Society and Research!America Board Member) and Michael Caligiuri, MD (CEO of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Center Hospital and […]