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Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD

Thomas A. LaVeist

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D. is William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Sociology, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and is a faculty associate in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Hopkins Population Center. He has served on various boards, and currently sits on the External Advisory Committees for University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars National Advisory Committee, and National Urban League National Health Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors for DayStar Educational Research. He received his bachelor degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Michigan and postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. His dissertation was awarded the 1989 Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association. And he was appointed as a fellow at the Brookdale Foundation in 1992. And, is the inaugural recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Health Services, Office of Minority Health “Knowledge Award” for contributing “substantial research that advances knowledge about minority health and the elimination of health disparities. He is inventor of the COA360 (Cultural Competency Organizational Assessment – 360), a web-based tool to assess the cultural competency of healthcare organizations.

Dr. LaVeist joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1990, where he teaches courses in minority health and public health policy. He is a frequent visiting lecturer on minority health issues at other universities. He is also a frequent speaker at professional conferences and workshops sponsored by leading public health professional associations. Dr. LaVeist consults often with federal agencies and healthcare organizations on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health. He has conducted several important studies of minority health. His research on minority health has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Center for Disease Control, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Brookdale Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Dr. LaVeist has published numerous articles in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care, Ethnicity and Disease, Health Services Research, and Social Science & Medicine. He has also written articles for Newsweek Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. His edited volume, Race, Ethnicity and Health (Jossey-Bass Publishers) was published fall 2002. His latest book, Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Race, Ethnicity and Health in the United States, was published April 2005 by Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1991