Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series
The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research brings an acknowledged leader in health disparities research to the University to present lectures and meet in small groups with faculty, fellows, and students, and visit community organizations. This series is sponsored in partnership with the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research, Center for Health Equity, and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations. Additional support is provided by various sponsors for each different event; please see individual advertisements for more information.


Achieving Health Equity in MinnesotaPhoto of Dr. Betancourt


Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Schedule: 4:30 PM - Networking and light appetizers; 5:00 PM - Talk
Location: Room 105, 717 Delaware (Parking can be validated for the Oak Street and Washington Avenue ramps)
Registration: This event is free, but RSVPs are requested. RSVP here.


Dr. Betancourt is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and directs the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is also Director of Multicultural Education at MGH, and an expert in cross-cultural care and communication. He practices Internal Medicine at the MGH Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. Betancourt is a co-founder of Quality Interactions, Inc., a company that has created and deployed a portfolio of e-learning programs in the area of cross-cultural care and communication to over 125,000 health care professionals across the country.



Past Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series:


"Culture, Race, and Research: Negotiating the Journey Between the Head and the Heart"

Presented by: Collins Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, Pennsylvania State University on May 7, 2014.
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"Reducing Cancer Health Disparities among Asian American: Progress and Prognosis"
Presented by: Moon Chen, MPH, PhD, Associate Director, Population Research and Cancer Disparities, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor in Residence/Professor on November 19, 2013.

"The Curious Case of Cancer: Profound Geographic Variation in American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Incidence, and Lessons to be Learned."
Presented by: Jeffrey Henderson, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health on January 30, 2013.


"Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care"
Presented by: Dr. Augustus White III, Professor Medical Education and Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School on August 15, 2012 with the special community event, "What is Health Care Bias?", at UROC.
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"Disparities in Mental Health Status and Care in the U.S."
Presented by: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities on August 9, 2011.

"Toward a Fourth Generation of Health Disparity Research to Achieve Health Equity"
Presented by: Stephen Thomas, PhD, Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland in College Park on May 17, 2011.


"Social Determinants and Health Justice"
Presented by: David Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard University on April 23, 2010.

"Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach to Examining and Addressing Health Disparities"
Presented by: Barbara Israel, DrPH, Harvard University, and Angela Reyes, MPH, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation on May 11, 2010.
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"Community-engaged research: What's the value added for studying and addressing health disparities?"
Presented by: Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, University of California, Berkeley on May 17, 2010.
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"Overcoming Racial Disparities in Healthcare: The Role of Patient-Centeredness"
Presented by: Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University on October 21, 2009.


"Overview of Racial/ Ethnic Disparities in Health Status and Health Care"
Sherman A. James, PhD, FAHA, FABMR, Duke University on May 23, 2008.

"Participatory Approaches in Asian American Health Disparities Research"
Presented by: Grace X. Ma, PhD, Temple University on October 16, 2008.
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"Recruitment and Retention of Minorities Into Clinical Trials"
Presented by: Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham on May 9, 2007.

"Changing the Mindset to Reduce Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities"

Presented by: Margarita Alegria, PhD, Harvard University on September 21, 2007


"Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: Trauma in American Indian Communities"

Presented by: Spero Manson, PhD, University of Colorado on October 3, 2006.

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