Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM
Health disparities are the persistent gaps between the health status of minorities and non-minorities in the United States. Despite continued advances in health care and technology, racial and ethnic minorities continue to have higher rates of disease, disability and premature death than non-minorities.
African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, have higher rates of infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV infection/AIDS, cancer and lower rates of immunizations and cancer screening.
Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM joins the show to discuss these disparities and why minority communities aren't conducive to good health; in addition to what policymakers can do to improve health in minority communities
Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM, is a community-based researcher with background, training and research experience in exercise science and epidemiology. In 1993, Dr. Whitt-Glover received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science, with a minor in epidemiology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. In 1999, Dr. Whitt-Glover received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Dr. Whitt-Glover completed postdoctoral training in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA in 2002. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Whitt-Glover served as a faculty member at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. During her time at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Whitt-Glover served as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Executive Director of the WFUSM-YWCA Collaborative to Strengthen Families and Neighborhoods, and Director of Community Outreach for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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