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April 23, 2020
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UAB's Dr. Mona Fouad on COVID-19, Health Disparities in Birmingham and More
Dr. Mona Fouad is playing a leading role in local efforts to bridge health care disparities in Alabama’s most disadvantaged communities. Inclusivity is a key focus of Fouad’s work at the UAB School of Medicine, where she works as the senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion, the director of the Division of Preventative Medicine and the founding director of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. The BBJ recently spoke with Dr. Fouad about her career background, her current work at UAB and future plans for the Live HealthSmart initiative to improve health care across the state.
What Life Is Like on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Outbreak
Dr. Kecia Gaither, MPH, double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, is director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. She agreed to speak with Healthline about her experiences during the ongoing crisis.
COMMENTARY | It's No Surprise That COVID-19 Is Exposing Health Disparities
The coronavirus’ impact on African Americans requires us to address an ongoing problem for U.S. communities, so says Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, vice president of community health and impact at CVS Health and Oliver T. Brooks, M.D., president of the National Medical Association, who co-authored a commentary in US News.
COVID-19's Lopsided Impact on Minorities Should 'Ignite' Reform, Experts Say
The disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infections and fatalities among minority groups in the United States should push policy makers, the healthcare community, and citizens to do more to rectify stark healthcare disparities, experts say. Better testing and culturally targeted PSAs are needed in the short term; on the other side, societal fixes will be critical. (TCTMD interviews Clyde Yancy, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.)
Why Black Cardiologists are Vital — and Rare
The American Heart Association News interviewed Drs. Rachel Bond and Icilma Fergus about the low numbers of black cardiologists and why it’s important to increase those numbers.
Jevin D. Hodge for Supervisor Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Paul Underwood on COVID - 19
Virtual town hall with Jevin D. Hodge, candidate for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Dr. Paul Underwood.

Featured Articles by Members
ABC Members: We welcome your published research submissions and articles for inclusion in future issues of Clinical Updates and Insights. Email Rachel Williams at and please attach file or include links to the original published work and/or abstract.

The Role of Cardiac MRI in Animal Models of Cardiotoxicity: Hopes and Challenges
Co-authored by Mary E. Branch (with Carolyn J. Park, Sujethra Vasu and Giselle C. Meléndez)
Given the rising population of cancer survivors and the current lack of effective therapies for the management of cardiotoxicity, research combining clinically relevant animal models and non-invasive cardiac imaging remains essential to improve methods to monitor, predict, and treat cardiovascular adverse events. This comprehensive review summarizes the lessons learned from animal models of cardiotoxicity employing CMR and tissue characterization techniques and discusses the ongoing challenges and hopes for the future.
Association of Outpatient Practice-Level Socioeconomic Disadvantage With Quality of Care and Outcomes Among Older Adults With Coronary Artery Disease: Implications for Value-Based Payment
Co-authored by Kim A. Williams (with Rishi K. Wadhera, Deepak L. Bhatt, Amy J.H. Kind, Yang Song, Thomas M. Maddox, Robert W. Yeh, Liyan Dong, Gheorghe Doros, Alexander Turchin, and Karen E. Joynt Maddox)
Medicare patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have been a significant focus of value-based payment programs for outpatient practices. Physicians and policymakers, however, have voiced concern that value-based payment programs may penalize practices that serve vulnerable populations. This study evaluated whether outpatient practices that serve socioeconomically disadvantaged populations have worse CAD outcomes, and if this reflects the delivery of lower-quality care or rather, patient and community factors beyond the care provided by physician practices.

Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Data Widget
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are pleased to announce the release of a new data search function. The Health Disparities widget is a new way for you to access this health disparities information. The new widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs).

We LOVE to LEARN how our ABC Members are making a difference! Please Share. Giving a keynote speech? Presenting at a Grand Round? Receiving an Award? Interviewed by the Press? Published in a journal? Presenter or Panelist at a Conference? Graduating? Email Rachel Williams at or please tag or DM us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with links/details, so we can spotlight your excellence in our newsletter!


The Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal will be published
every other month beginning in July 2020.

Million Hearts® announces a NEW Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program that will spotlight clinical entities committed to reducing the impact of heart attacks and strokes. Learn how you can apply below. The first round of applications is due April 30, 2020.


Job Opening | Assistant/Associate Professor of Cardiology

The Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the Morehouse School of Medicine is seeking a BC/BE interventional cardiologist at the assistant or associate professor level.

This position includes practice in a facility with state of the art invasive/interventional and noninvasive laboratories, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and cardiology fellowship training program. Qualified applicants should possess outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills with commitment to teaching and research. Additional skills in echocardiography, nuclear and peripheral imaging is desirable.

Interested applicants should email or send CV to:

Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, FACC, FHFSA
Chief, Division of Cardiology
720 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Phone: (404) 616-8804


The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's PRIDE Summer Institute is now accepting applications! There are nine mentored research training programs offering career advancing opportunities for junior-level faculty and research scientists from diverse backgrounds.
Rolling admission until all positions are filled.
**PRIDE is still recruiting for Summer 2020. We are currently working out how to hold sessions if we are unable to do so onsite due to COVID-19. The programs will carry-on. If you are interested you may still apply.


Upcoming Events

March 26th Message Related to the Upcoming 2020 Conference

NMA continues to monitor the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 1st, 2020, NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly remains scheduled for August 1–5 in Atlanta.


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