“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and most inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966
I first read this quote over twenty years ago, and it has resonated with me ever since. I have seen shocking disparities in health and health care access in many of the underserved communities I’ve worked with across the country. These experiences shaped my existing research agenda on health disparities and health equity, and reinforced my view that this work must be approached from a social justice perspective. I see health as a basic human right, and I approach health disparities in partnership with communities themselves according to their needs and priorities utilizing culturally-informed, strengths-based approaches to health promotion that simultaneously build community capacity to address health concerns and make concrete differences in health outcomes in the community.