The Cortland Voice: Educator to discuss health equity at SUNY Cortland
Stephen Thomas (professor, Health Services Administration and director, Maryland Center for Health Equity) was featured in a January 30 article in The Cortland Voice, a news and information site serving the city of Cortland and Cortland County in New York. The article comes ahead of Dr. Thomas’s February 5 presentation at SUNY Cortland. His presentation, “Less Talk, More Action: Accelerating 4th Generation Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium and is the eleventh Charles N. Poskanzer Lecture, sponsored by the College’s Health Department.
The article highlights Dr. Thomas’s work promoting health in black barbershops and salons through the Center for Health Equity’s Health Advocates In-Reach & Research (HAIR) initiative. In the article, Dr. Thomas notes, “I’ve seen a barber have more influence than a doctor over whether the patient takes that medicine or doesn’t take that medicine. The conversations that take place in the barber shops shape social norms.”
The article also features the two Mission of Mercy events held at the University of Maryland and hosted by the School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Maryland State Dental Association. Dr. Thomas is quoted in the article emphasizing that “The Mission of Mercy was…an opportunity to deliver in many cases lifesaving services to people who would otherwise not receive it and to wrap around it the other health needs they have.”
“I would submit that our job in health equity is to run to the problem, run to the gap, and address the needs of our most vulnerable members of society," Dr. Thomas says in the article. "That’s how we can make the best contribution to promote health and prevent disease in our country.”