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Policy Corner: ACSM Convenes Think Tank to Chart Roadmap on Addressing Health Disparities

Leaders from across the health science community met in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2 to focus on collective strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and improving health equity. The day-long meeting featured representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Indian Health Board, and more than a dozen other leading national health organizations. The output of these discussions will fuel development of a National Roadmap on Reducing Health Disparities Through Lifestyle Behavior Change under ACSM auspices over the coming weeks.

ACSM President Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, chaired the distinguished panel of participants, kicking off the day of discussions by stressing the need for effective partnerships to improve health equity. “The challenge of improving health equity is quite simply too large for any of us to accomplish alone,” she said. “We have to find a way to focus our efforts on what really counts.” more

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