Simply stated, health disparities mean that, in the U.S., people of color and the poor experience lower health status than Caucasians and higher-income Americans. These disparities represent inequalities in that people of color and low-income people should be able to enjoy the same health status as whites and more affluent Americans, but they are systematically exposed to conditions and situations that have negative consequences for their health. > more
SEP 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Diversity and Inclusion: Transforming Health Organizations to Improve Community Health
March 31-April 1, 2011
In the four months since we held the SEP 25th Anniversary Celebration in Ann Arbor and the joy and pride I felt during that two-day event has not diminished. Over 300 people attended the Celebration, including about 150 SEP alumni, and all of the feedback we have received about the event has been wildly positive! Whether it was the "Diversity and Inclusion" Symposium, the "Leadership Connection" workshop, the Reunion Dinner, or the amazing performance of "A Right to Care" by Tony Award-winning actress Sarah Jones, attendees were enthusiastic in their praise of the events.
The experience of reuniting with so many former SEP participants was indescribably wonderful. Attending the symposium and hearing SEP alumni describe the terrific work they are doing in large health organizations, in the community, and in the policy arena, was inspirational not only to me, but also to the many younger SEP alumni who were present. SEP preceptors and sponsoring organizations also participated in the festivities, and several organizations and individuals received recognition for participating in SEP since the beginning of the program.
For those who were not able to attend the Celebration, these photos give you a glimpse of who was there and what happened. For those who were there, these photos should bring back some great memories.