challenges are, and that knowledge could be translated into compelling, relevant, and effective solutions. Ms. Glover Blackwell also suggested that there needs to be a public commitment to developing strategies to invest in new leadership and encourage young people to become leaders. She believes there should be a commitment to encourage potential leaders and provide them with opportunities to gain more exposure to mentors and to participate in commissions or other hands-on activities so they can become effective leaders in the future.
Several of the workshop presentations were presented by individuals who were coordinating local community initiatives or representing companies that are committed to reducing health disparities on a larger scale through education and advocacy. The representatives of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) and Steps to a HealthierUS discussed their programs and shared successes and challenges that they have had while working to reduce disparities in their communities. Collectively, these presentations demonstrated that there are effective models to emulate and myriad examples of people who are directing programs that are producing results. The challenge going forward will be to implement programs like these on a national scale and learn how to successfully implement initiatives on a large scale.
The discussions at the workshop provided an opportunity for Roundtable members, presenters, and attendees to learn about several issues related to health disparities in the United States. The presentations and discourse on the importance of location of residence, framing, funding, data concerns, innovation, clinical and community-based approaches to reducing disparities, and community innovation and capacity, were helpful in providing several perspectives and viewpoints about what has been done, and what should take place in the future to reduce health disparities in the United States. The information gleaned from this workshop will help inform Roundtable members and workshop attendees so they can initiate, stimulate, or fund initiatives, take actions within their organizations, or share ideas and concepts from this workshop with other motivated stakeholders and partners. Through actions such as these, the workshop can be a catalyst for change and a means of moving closer to reaching the goal of eliminating health disparities.