New York academy adds office on health disparities

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 26, 2004

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The New York Academy of Medicine has added two new offices to focus on eliminating urban health disparities and on shaping health policy.

Charles K. Francis, MD, incoming president of the American College of Physicians, has been hired as director of the academy's new Office of Health Disparities. He will add new programs to the academy's efforts to reduce inequalities in medical care access, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic segments of urban populations. Dr. Francis will study and develop interventions for disparities.

David M. Keepnews, RN, PhD, is the director of the new Office of Policy Development. He will translate academy research findings for policy-makers to more effectively develop and implement health initiatives and will identify academy research relevant to emerging governmental policy interests.

The academy is a nonprofit institution dedicated to enhancing public health through research, education and advocacy, with a particular focus on urban populations.

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