By Barry J. Gertz, Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Development, Merck Research Laboratories In the U.S. today, certain racial and ethnic groups experience disparities in quality and access to healthcare. These disparities may be due to economic issues as well as an increased prevalence of chronic illnesses, such as... Read more
Just miles from Boston’s world-renowned hospitals, Whittier Street Health Center (Whittier), a community healthcare and wellness center, provides healthcare and social services for thousands of the city’s ethnically diverse and largely low-income population. Ninety-two percent of Whittier’s patients live below the poverty level, 83 percent live in public housing,... Read more
By Frank Robinson, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Manager, Union Bank; American Heart Association Power To End Stroke Chairman At Union Bank, we are committed to responsible banking and believe that total wellness includes physical and fiscal fitness. As part of a commitment to the health and wellness of... Read more
By Robert S. Kahn, Associate Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center MY FATHER HAD a saying, “a rich man’s house burns as quickly as a poor man’s house.” He was no firefighter, but he and my mother both had a commitment to civic... Read more
By Amy E. Best, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Exelon AS AN ELECTRIC and gas utility company serving more than 6.6 million customers in urban areas like Chicago, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, the well-being of Exelon is intrinsically linked to that of our customers. For this reason,... Read more
By Marc Hurlbert, Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade Remarkable progress has been made in breast cancer screening and care in the past twenty years. Survival is improving, surgery can be less invasive in most cases, targeted therapies with fewer side effects are available, and not every breast... Read more
By Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc. Minority health today is inescapably linked with the issue of childhood obesity. While almost a third of American youth are overweight, nearly 40 percent of African American and Latino children are overweight or obese. We cannot afford either the loss of... Read more
AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE are two to three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. This startling statistic inspired retired Baker Botts partner (and current Senior Counsel) J. Patrick Berry to help design and implement the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s, a nonprofit focused on informing the public about how this... Read more
By Yasmine Winkler, Chief Marketing, Product and Innovation Officer, UnitedHealthcare UNITEDHEALTH GROUP IS a diversified health and well-being company with the mission of helping people live healthier lives. We recognize that the United States demographic make-up is ever-changing and becoming more diverse, with multicultural populations becoming the predominant driver... Read more

Invest in Your Health

PDJ June 14, 2013 0

By Douglas Martin, Site Manager, Erie, Pennsylvania, BASF Nearly ten years ago, I accepted a new assignment at BASF that led to a major change in my life. It wasn’t the need to relocate my family from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Jersey. It was something that happened at... Read more