Minority Student Caucus: Minority Health Conference 2000
Public Health 2000: Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future
22nd Annual Minority Health Conference and the
2nd Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture
February 18, 2000
Improvements in public health during the 20th century have transformed the conditions of human existence. Infectious diseases, maternal mortality and childhood diseases have all significantly decreased. Diseases that once threatened the health and well-being of the public, killing and disabling millions, have been greatly reduced through education, policies, environmental changes, and improved access to health services. While these improvements demonstrate how far we have come, they also illustrate how far we still need to go especially as they relate to people of color who have not benefited equally from these advances. As we move into the next millennium, public health professionals must continue to work to reduce disparities and improve the health of minorities.
Associate Professor of History and Social Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
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