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Former DHPE Fellow Attends the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Former DHPE Fellow, Tiffany Cox, MPH, CPH, attended the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 24, 2014. Funding for the Meeting was provided by US DHHS, Region 1, Office of Minority Health and CT Department of Public Health/Office of Health Equity. CMHP was launched in July 2008, through the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Multicultural Health (now Office of Health Equity as of 10/1/14). The Partnership was established to draw together expertise, resources, and programming to eliminate health disparities in Connecticut. Currently, the Partnership’s primary focus is on the adoption and implementation of CLAS Standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Healthcare).

Dr. Adewale Troutman was the keynote speaker for this event. His talk was a call to action for Connecticut public health professionals to create a social movement toward the elimination of health disparities. Main topic points included access to care, health inequities, strengths and limitations of the Affordable Care Act, individualized and institutionalized racism, upstream and downstream social determinants of health, and promising practices and initiatives across the nation.

Dr. Troutman ended with 5 points for what we in CT can do: 1) work beyond siloes, 2) strive for collective consciousness, 3) see ourselves as engaged, committed leaders, 4) find political will which takes courage, and 5) redefine our personal and professional goals. He ended by quoting the character Spock from Star Trek- "the needs of the many outweigh the few.”

From left to right: Mrs. Troutman, Tiffany, Renee Coleman-Mitchell (former preceptor, current supervisor- Community Health and Prevention Section Chief), Dr. Troutman, Marie Spivey (VP, Connecticut Hospital Association)

Dr. and Mrs. Troutman said they love the fellowship and were excited to see a fellow now working for her preceptor. They emphasized how important it is to stand on people’s shoulders and allow people to stand on yours one day.


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