Former DHPE Fellow Attends the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP) Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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
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.