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Media Contact: Danielle Lewald
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Published on December 04, 2013

The Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities Announces New Name: Center for Health Equity and Wellness

New Alignment with Health & Wellness Department to Strengthen Delivery of   Population-based Care

Gaithersburg, Md. —As part of Adventist HealthCare’s strategic initiative to provide population-based care to improve the health of communities, it has aligned its Center on Health Disparities and Health & Wellness departments, which together will be known as the Center for Health Equity and Wellness.

In 2007, Adventist HealthCare created the Center on Health Disparities to address and eliminate health disparities and inequalities in the communities it serves through improving access to quality health care through training, research and education initiatives. For more than 20 years, the Health and Wellness department has worked with Adventist HealthCare’s service lines and health programs to raise awareness of health issues, to screen for various conditions, and to offer educational and support programs to community members.

“Our mission continues to be focused on supporting Adventist HealthCare in implementing health equity and community wellness approaches that improve population health,” said Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Center for Health Equity and Wellness. “By aligning with our health and wellness partners, we are able to seamlessly work together to coordinate research activities, strengthen community partnerships and serve the growing needs of our diverse community.”

The Center for Health Equity and Wellness will focus its work in the following areas:

  • Community Health: Education and Outreach, which includes Cardiac & Vascular Outreach, Maternal/Child, Diabetes Outpatient Education, Tobacco Cessation, Health Promotion and Education Classes and Community Outreach and Disease Prevention.
  • Research & Training/Health Equity Consulting Services, which includes Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, Program Evaluation, Cultural & Linguistic Competence Training, Strategic Planning and Consulting Services, Special Events and Support Services. 

“I am confident that the synergy of these two departments will further equip Adventist HealthCare with essential resources to improve our capacity to deliver population-based care, and develop solutions to eliminate local disparities in health care,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare. “This work will prove to be increasingly vital as we continue to adjust to the changes in health care delivery, both nationally and in Maryland.”

Adventist HealthCare, a faith-based, integrated health-care delivery organization based in Gaithersburg, MD, is one of the largest employers in the state. It includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Health Services, Adventist Medical Group, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children and other health services.

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