Education (en Español)

Health Disparities Class (Fall 2011)

You can download the course syllabus here.

This graduate-level course, offered at Case Western Reserve Univeristy, provides theoretical and application tools for students from many disciplinary backgrounds to conduct research and develop interventions to reduce health disparities. Each class features two individual speakers who discuss different topics in health disparities research or interventions that have proven successful in addressing health disparities in Cleveland.


Below are videos of some of the lectures from this class.


Jesse Schold, PhD - 'Health Disparities in End-Stage Renal Disease', November 8, 2010

Eileen Seeholzer, MD, MS - 'Overview of Project HYPE: A Hypertension Study Using Lay Health Workers', November 8, 2010

Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, CPNP - 'Dietary Intake and Nutrition Education (DINE) for Latino Farmworker Children', November 1, 2010


Janeen Leon, MS - 'Health Disparities in the Re-entry Community', November 1, 2010


Henry Ng, MD, FAAP, FACP - 'LGBT Issues in Adolescent and Pediatric Health Care', October 25, 2010


Henry Ng, MD, FAAP, FACP - 'LGBT Population and Tobacco Use', October 11, 2010


Henry Ng, MD, FAAP, FACP - 'LGBT Health Issues: Video #1', October 4, 2010


Henry Ng, MD, FAAP, FACP - 'LGBT Health Issues: Video #2', October 4, 2010


Mark Chupp, PhD - 'The East Cleveland Health Partnership', September 27, 2010


Adam Perzynski, PhD - 'Health, Inequality and the Life Course', September 27, 2010


Cyleste Collins, PhD - 'Cultural Models to Examine Poverty and Health', September 20, 2010


Insoo Hyun, PhD - 'The Moral Badness of Health Inequalities', August 30, 2010


2009 Health Disparities Class Lectures

Ash Sehgal, MD - 'Introduction to Health Disparities', August 31, 2009


Janeen Leon, M.S., R.D., L.D. - 'Evaluation of Health Programs: Community Advocacy Program Re-Entry Clinic', August 24, 2009


Aaron Goldenberg, Ph.D., MPH - 'Genetics and Health Disparities', September 14, 2009


Joseph Sudano, Jr., Ph.D. - 'Measurement of Race, Ethnicity and Health Status', September 14, 2009


Joe White, Ph.D. - 'Insurance First: Why Simplify the "Disparities" Agenda', September 21, 2009


Ami Peacock, MSW - 'MetroHealth Cancer Care B.R.E.A.S.T. Program', October 5, 2009


Sumita Khatri, M.D., M.S., F.C.C.P. - 'Health Disparities in Asthma', October 5, 2009

Insoo Hyun, Ph.D. - 'Ethical Aspects of Health Disparities', October 12, 2009

Joseph Sudano, Jr., Ph.D. - 'International Health Disparities', October 26, 2009

Henry Ng, M.D. - 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Disparities,' October 26, 2009


Jessica Kelley-Moore, Ph.D. - 'Cultural Competency in Research,' November 2, 2009


Kristen Williams, D.D.S. - 'The Epidemiology of Oral Health Disparities,' November 9, 2009


J. Daryl Thornton, M.D., M.P.H.- 'Health Disparities in the ICU,' November 16, 2009


Fast Food, Phosphorus Containing Food Additives, and the Renal Diet

Phosphorus additives are added to convenience and fast foods for many reasons, including as preservatives, leavening agents, and flavor enhancers. Unlike phosphorus that naturally occurs in meats, dairy products, whole grains, and nuts, phosphorus from additives is almost completely absorbed by the body. Phosphorus control is necessary for dialysis patients so it is important for them to become aware of these additives and the foods that contain them.

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Research Festival 2006

Health Disparities: From Genetics to Health Policy

September 27, 2006.

This research symposium provided information on the the mechanisms of health disparities and interventions to reduce disparities.

The symposium featured three nationally recognized experts who spoke on several topics.

The symposium was held in partnership with the Case School of Medicine, MetroHealth Rammelkamp Center for Education and Research, and the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

Below are videos of the featured speakers. Note - Using headphones may improve the sound quality.


Richard S. Cooper MD - 'The Use and Misuse of Genetic Research in Health Disparities.'


John M. Flack, MD, MPH - 'Health Disparities and Hypertension.'


Dennis Raphael, PhD - 'Public Policy Approaches To Health Inequities' with an introduction by Center Director Ashwini R. Sehgal, MD.


In practice
Prescriptions for Change
A Collaboration between the
Center for Reducing Health Disparities
and the Roundtable Community Council

Prescriptions for Change

In the fall of 2003, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, a collaboration between MetroHealth Center and Case Western Reserve University, and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, (now the Roundtable Community Council), a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, began discussions about hosting a series of events to raise awareness about and develop solutions for the longstanding challenge of health disparities affecting Northeast Ohio.

It quickly became apparent that such an important effort would require the support and cooperation of a broad range of community partners. In addition, we decided that the effort would be best served by a year-long series of programs, hosted at different locations, with national and local thought leaders addressing the range of issues related to this complicated health care issue

You can read the entire report by downloading this pdf file.