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Health Equity

Co-Chair: Betina R. Yanez, PhD
Co-Chair : Robert Newton, PhD
Co-Chair Elect: Megan Johnson Shen, PhD 

Description/Mission Statement

The Health Equity Special Interest Group ( SIG) concerns itself with advancing the field of ethnic minority and multicultural health through education and training; networking; mentorship of ethnic minorities and non-minorities; and conducting research in ethnicity, culture and health. Members of this SIG also aim to increase the involvement of ethnic minorities in SBM councils, committees and the peer-review process.

2017 Health Equity SIG Awards

Each year at the SBM Annual Meeting, the Health Equity SIG recognizes outstanding members of SBM. The 2017 awards and their recipients are as follows:

Early Career Award
for outstanding oral abstract submission
Aisha Langford, PhD

Trainee Award
for outstanding  abstract submission
Allyson Diggins, MA
Isabela Gouveia Marques

Mentor Award
for dedication to training and mentoring of the next generation of health equity and disparities research scientists
Clement Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Service Award
in recognition of leadership, dedication, and continuous support of the Ethnic Minority and Multicultural Health SIG
Jamilia R. Sly, PhD

Past SIG Chairs and Co-Chairs

Jamilia R. Sly, PhD, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2014 - April 2017

Clement K. Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2014 - April 2016

Hayley S. Thompson, PhD, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2012 - April 2014

Francisco L. Sotelo, MS, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2012 - April 2014

Luz M. Garcini, MA, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2010 - April 2012

Eleshia Morrison, PhD, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2010 - April 2012

Georita Marie Frierson, PhD, Health Equity SIG co-chair
June 2007 - April 2010

Jack E. Burkhalter, PhD, Health Equity SIG co-chair
April 2006 - September 2008

Thomas V. Merluzzi, PhD, Health Equity SIG chair
April 2005 - April 2006