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Health disparities are a serious problem in rural America. Rural areas, including Appalachia, report higher rates of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than the general public. Only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural America despite the fact that nearly one-fourth of the population lives in these areas. This combined with other obstacles like socioeconomic factors, cultural and social differences, and educational shortcomings impede rural Americans from accessing prevention services and treatment necessary for good health.
In her presentation, Dr. Claudia R. Baquet will discuss current research on evidence-based intervention strategies developed to meet the health care needs of rural Americans. Additionally, Dr. Baquet's presentation will put into context some of the policy implications and issues of trust involved in conducting research in rural communities.
Dr. Baquet is Associate Dean of Policy and Planning and Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She also serves as the Director of the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Center at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr. Baquet was Deputy Assistant Secretary Health (Minority Health) at the US DHHS from 1992-1994. She was Associate Director for Cancer Control Science and Chief of the Special Populations Research at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Baquet has received national recognition for her diverse research on clinical trials, health disparities, and models of care for the medically underserved and minority communities. Her numerous accolades have included the Maryland Governor’s Cancer Commission’s Abeloff Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, Public Health, and Cancer Control; the Congressional Recognition Award from the US Congress via Congressman Steny Hoyer; and the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 2005 David P. Rall Award for Science and Advocacy in Public Health and Prevention.
Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, University of Maryland