Media Advisory                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Connecticut Department of Public Health

September 18, 2008                                       Contact:  William Gerrish

                                                                       (860) 509-7270




The Connecticut Health Disparities Project, a cooperative agreement between the Connecticut Health Foundation and the Department of Public Health (DPH), will hold “Monitoring Health Disparities: Creating Data Collection Policies that Work.” This statewide meeting will highlight discussions about race and ethnicity as these concepts pertain to state data collection policies and federal standards, and will provide a forum to share the recently released DPH data collection policy.


Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford in Room 2C


Friday, September 19, 2008 from 9AM to 11:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast at 8:30 AM


·          Norma D. Gyle, RN, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Public Health

·          Ronald Taylor, Ph.D., Vice-Provost for Multicultural and International Affairs, University of Connecticut  

·          Margaret Hynes, Ph.D., CT Department of Public Health

·          Ava Nepaul, M.A.,  M.P.H., CT Department of Public Health

·          Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

·          Bandana Purkayastha, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

·          Minakshi Tikoo, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

·          Robert Lucco, Ed.D., State Department of Education

·          Meg Hooper, M.P.A., CT Department of Public Health


Health disparities refer to those avoidable differences in health among specific population groups that result from cumulative social disadvantages.  The Department of Public Health monitors health disparities as an essential part of reducing the disease burden on vulnerable populations in Connecticut, identifying high-risk groups, formulating health care policy, and evaluating our state’s progress in eliminating health disparities.  


Key leadership, stakeholders, and subject matter experts providing presentations and engaged in panel discussion