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Panelist: Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
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Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

Episodes in which Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH appears

Professor & Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Director, Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Over the past 20 years, since the inception of her professional career, Dr. Fouad has contributed to the science of minority health and health disparities through research, teaching and mentoring of minority scholars, and service.

One of her major scientific accomplishments is the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), a comprehensive research, training, and community-outreach center with a mission to reduce health disparities. This University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center serves as the umbrella of health disparities research at UAB and the Southeast. Through the MHRC, Dr. Fouad has developed a framework that facilitates collaborations between multidisciplinary basic, clinical, and behavioral scientists, ensures the delivery of new knowledge to the community and back again to the scientists, involves the community in the research and dissemination processes, and addresses health disparities through interventions on all levels: interpersonal, intrapersonal, institutional, community, and public policy.

Dr. Fouad’s long-standing efforts have been recognized nationally by receiving the 2005 Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities Award by the American Medical Association’s Program on Health Disparities, and the 2004 Sullivan Best Practice Award in recognition of outstanding work to reduce health disparities in the U.S. by the Association of Academic Health Centers. On the local and state levels, she has been recognized with the 2008 UAB President’s Diversity Faculty Award; the 2007 Woman of the Year, “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, Alabama Power Community Service Award”; and the 2004 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award. Ms. Woolfolk is one of the main founders of the Birmingham Civil Right Institute. In 2004, Dr. Fouad was appointed by the Governor of the State of Alabama to co-chair the Black Belt Action Commission (BBAC) Health Initiative.

Through this work, Dr. Fouad has moved health disparities beyond a science, into a movement.

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