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Troutman, Andress Selected for National Leadership Program

Friday April 27, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2007)   Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Dr. Lauri Andress, director of the Center for Health Equity within the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness has also been accepted into the program. Troutman and Andress are two of only 28 individuals from 14 healthcare organizations from around the United States to be selected for the Disparities Leadership Program. 

The Disparities Leadership Program is the first program of its kind in the nation, and is designed for leaders from hospitals, health insurance plans, and other healthcare organizations who are seeking to develop practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. The program is led by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Mass. 

The Center for Health Equity was established by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in June of 2006. The mission of the Center for Health Equity is to address the social and economic conditions that cause health inequities and impact the civic well-being of Louisville residents. The Center serves as a catalyst for collaboration between public health, communities and organizations that work to eliminate the social and economic barriers to good health. Through policy change, evidence-based interventions, and education, the Center builds new coalitions that reshape the public health landscape to assist communities in addressing barriers to health equity.

The mission of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville. To learn more about the department’s programs and services go to www.louisvilleky.gov/health.