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UW SPH News: Checking Our Pulse: Health and Healers in the African American Community

Checking Our Pulse: Health and Healers in the African American Community


The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) has an exciting new exhibit that celebrates 100 African American healthcare professionals in the Pacific Northwest, raises awareness about health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans, and provides tips and recommendations for better health.

Three of the featured healthcare professionals are SPH faculty:

Karen Hartfield teaches Health Communication in the School's Extended Degree Program and lectures in our Social and Behavioral Sciences Program. Hartfield is also an HIV prevention planner for Public Health - Seattle & King County (PH-SKC) and coordinates the Health Department's practicum placement efforts. In 2008 Hartfield accepted the School's second annual Service Award for Community Partners on behalf of PH-SKC, which has provided countless students with practicum opportunities .

Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor in our Department of Health Services, is the State Health Officer for the Washington State Department of Health. As the state's top public health doctor, her role includes advising the governor and the secretary of health on issues ranging from health promotion and chronic disease prevention, to emergency response, including pandemic influenza preparedness. She also works closely with the medical community, local health departments and community groups.

Bessie Young, MD, MPH wears many hats. An Adjunct Associate Professor in our Department of Health Services, she's also Associate Professor of Medicine, a director at Northwest Kidney Centers, and an investigator at the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center. Dr. Young's research interests include health disparities and racial and ethnic differences in kidney disease, diabetes, and transplantation.

WHEN: The show is open now and runs through June 5, 2011.

WHERE: NAAM is located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street in Seattle. Parking is free.

COST: Adults $6; students and seniors $4; children 5 and under are free.

For more information, check out the museum online or call 206-518-6000.