Racial and Ethnic Disparities
December 15, 2008
Why Health Care Disparities?
Over the last decade, highlighted by the release of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report "Unequal Treatment" in 2002, the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in health care in the United States has attracted significant attention. Such disparities have been well documented; even with the same insurance and income, minorities often receive a lower quality of health care than do their white counterparts.
Prior to joining The Disparities Solutions Center, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. At HRSA he was responsible for the overall management of $190M in grants and the supervision of staff and activities in Primary Care, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, and the Bureau of Health Professions by improving their individual and collective performance within their local community and state to meet the needs of underserved populations.
In 1995, he received the Teachers for Africa Award and served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa providing public health instruction to those providing care to populations in rural areas.
Dr. King's rich experiences with diverse and underserved communities in the United States and abroad affords him the unique ability to create and implement strategies that lead change in health/health care, public health, and health policy.
Dr. Ayala is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She received her A.B. degree (cum laude) in Sociology from Princeton University and Doctor of Medicine degree (with distinction) from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition, she completed two physician leadership fellowships - the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) Physician Leadership Program and the University of Miami School of Medicine Community Clinical Scholars Program. She lives in Weston, Florida with her fifteen year old son, Abram.