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In The Spotlight – Dr. Linda Barry

Dr. Barry pic for CICATS Team web pageCongratulations to Dr. Linda Barry who has been selected as a member of the 2014 class of the Connecticut Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program!  Over the next year, she and 20 other selectees from across Connecticut will lend their knowledge and expertise to pinpoint health disparities and create tools to promote health equity among various racial and ethnic groups. 

A large percentage of racial and ethnic communities have poor health status and higher mortality rates from many health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  To eliminate these and many other health disparities, communities need strong leaders who can advocate for polices that influence both health-related issues and health care.  Connecticut Health Foundation is committed to fully addressing these vital health issues through network leaders who are equipped to broach these issues at a systems level.  Dr. Barry has been hand-selected to be part of these progressive-thinking leaders whose knowledge, skills, and abilities help them recognize and seize opportunities to reduce health disparities.

Since 2005, the Health Leadership Fellows Program has brought together diverse, yet like-minded individuals from multiple sectors, who are dedicated to achieving health equity.  Each year, participants engage in a competitive, ten-month program to enhance their leadership skills in addressing and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through systems change.  The Health Leadership Fellows network comprises 160 diverse leaders who are currently spearheading change in their places of employment, local communities, as well as statewide to advance this issue. 

Dr. Barry will use this platform to continue her efforts and personal crusade to eliminate health disparities as already exemplified by her commitment and role as Chief Operating Officer of CICATS.  Dr. Barry also spearheads and works collaboratively with the National Medical Association/Cobb Health Institute in initiatives, such as developing and using mobile technology to promote healthy behavior and to improve health outcomes among racial and ethnic populations.  Working closely with the YMCA of Greater Hartford and other local organizations via the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Coalition, Dr. Barry lends her knowledge and support to REACH’s goals to train and support communities in providing outreach programs and research initiatives that result in reduction and elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Congratulations again Dr. Barry!