Sixth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Plenary Sessions Bridging the health disparities chasm: Finding the right niche

Plenary I Serving culturally diverse populations: Models of collaboration

Bridging the health disparities chasm: Finding the right niche
Monday, September 22, 2008: 9:00 AM-10:15 AM, Minn Marriott, 4th Floor - Ballroom 3+4

Presentation Information:

Program: Plenary Sessions

John Ruffin, PhD , National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
    National Institutes of Health
    National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    6707 Democracy Boulevard
    Suite 800
    Bethesda MD, USA 20892

    Phone: 301-402-1366
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    Biographical Sketch:
    Dr. John Ruffin is the Director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of health disparities. He has devoted his professional life to improving the health status of minority populations in the United States and to developing and supporting educational programs for minority researchers and health care practitioners. His success has been due in large part to his ability to motivate others and gain the support of key individuals and organizations, as well as to his expertise in strategic planning, administration, and the development of numerous collaborative partnerships. For over 15 years, he has led the transformation of the NIH minority health and health disparities research agenda from a programmatic concept to an institutional reality. He has served as the Associate Director for Minority Programs, Office of Minority Programs; and the Associate Director for Research on Minority Health, Office of Research on Minority Health. As the NIH federal official for minority health disparities research, through multi-faceted collaborations, he has planned and brought to fruition the largest biomedical research program in the nation to promote minority health and other health disparities research and training.