• preventing deterioration of health status and health behaviors with acculturation of the growing immigrant population;

  • intervening in the early years of life to prevent the trajectories of health status that seem to be determined by social factors during that period;

  • developing appropriate interventions to promote healthier lifestyles among the growing Hispanic, Asian, and African American communities; and

  • informing the development of nonhealth interventions to promote improved health status.

Dr. Kington closed by citing his favorite quote from Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail: “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.”

“Clearly, in order for these changes to occur, we have to make them occur,” Dr. Kington said. “We have to think of ways to facilitate the translation of the scientific findings that we have in the behavioral and social sciences into real interventions that work in real populations and improve the health status of real people.”

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