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Founder and Director of the Program To Eliminate Health Disparities
Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence
Associate Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences Center's Office for Diversity and Assistant Professor In the Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of New Mexico
J. Hillis Miller Health Center
JHU Research Fellow
Pew Health Policy Fellow
Bachelor of Science degree
Eastern Michigan University
California State University
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian K. Gibbs
Dr. Brian K. Gibbs is the Associate Vice Chancellor for the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center's Office for Diversity and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Gibbs is a public health practitioner with 30 years of experience in health disparities reduction. He also is a senior consultant and advisor for Coordinated Services for the Improvement of Education, where he provides consultation on cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and public health strategies to reduce disparities in health and health care. He also prepares underrepresented minority students for academic success in college and university classrooms. Prior to joining the UNM HSC, Dr. Gibbs was an assistant professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he served as the associate dean for diversity and cultural competence. Prior to his work at Johns Hopkins, Gibbs spent 10 years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow. He focused his dissertation research on the efficacy of hospital-based violence prevention programs. Gibbs completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. He received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University.
-Dr. Brian Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Harvard University.
- Dr. Brian Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Harvard University.
While racial and ethnic disparities are now being closely examined by policy makers, they were ignored for many years, said commission member Brian Gibbs, director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at Harvard School of Public Health.
The problem was raised in 1985 by the Heckler report on black and minority health, but little was done to solve it, he said. "The overwhelming majority in the health care field not only ignored it, but even if they could pay attention to it, would not have known what to do about it," Gibbs said. "It's very difficult for the medical profession to police itself, when most of the people say 'It's not me.'" Gibbs said he believes the Massachusetts commission to eliminate disparities is the first in the country to be formed by state policy makers, as opposed to private foundations.
In "Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Exploring an Outcome-Oriented Agenda for Research and Policy," Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues argue that standard variables are needed to measure the efficacy of disparities reduction initiatives.