New Special Series: “Health Equity in America”

The Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN) 

in conjunction with

The Johns Hopkins University Press

is proud to announce a new special series:

Health Equity in America


About the Book Series:

Health Equity in America is an ambitious project, meant to both define health equity across diverse scholarly disciplines, and to familiarize its concepts for a broad swath of Americans. In keeping with the outstanding work that has been done thus far to bring attention to issues impacting health equity, we believe that carefully chosen words – books – can shape conversations, influence the culture in our country, and move the needle towards health equity for all communities.

As we strive for a more healthy, equitable and inclusive society, there is a great need to think critically about the issues impacting our ability to achieve health equity in the United States. We must employ multi-disciplinary approaches to American health that draw attention to health disparities and the social, physical and political determinants of health. We believe that many health equity accomplishments in policy and practice have only been achieved due in large part to collaborative efforts by some of the best and brightest minds this country has to offer. 

It is our goal to highlight the voices of scholars, policymakers, and other health equity champions coming together to strive for true health equity. This groundbreaking series will combine the best and latest scholarship from diverse fields such as public health, health policy, human services, bioethics, history, medicine, nursing, allied health, law, economics, social sciences and humanities. With a mixture of scholarly works and books for educated general readers, Health Equity in America will focus the interdisciplinary field of health equity and will lead the national conversation. 


Titles Will Include Topics Such As:

Health Equity in America: A Primer
Adverse Childhood/Adolescent Experiences
Health Equity in the Workforce
Determinants of Health
Racism/Unconscious Bias
Race/Ethnicity and Health
History of Health Equity
Health Equity in All Policies
Economics of Health Equity
Culture of Health Equity
Rural/Frontier Health Equity
Oral Health Equity
History of Health Equity
Behavioral/Mental Health Equity
Economics of Health Equity
Rural/Frontier Health Equity
Disability Health
Veterans Health Equity
Sexual Health
Life span continuum
Health System Transformation
End of Life


The Health Equity in America National Advisory Council:

Chair Garth Graham, MD, MPH, Aetna Foundation

The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Andrew Young, Andrew J. Young Foundation

The Honorable Donna Christensen, MD, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Robin Kelly, PhD, U.S. House of Representatives

Louis Sullivan, MD, 17th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General

Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine

Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Elizabeth G. Taylor, JD, The National Health Law Program

Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Velma Monteiro-Tribble, Florida Blue Foundation

Sidney Watson, JD, Saint Louis University School of Law

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, George Washington University

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, University of Virginia School of Law

Octavio Martinez, MD, MBA, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Gary Nelson, PhD, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Kathy Ko Chin, MPH, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Brian Smedley, PhD, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Carla Gullatt, National Collaborative for Health Equity

Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA, California School of Professional Psychology 

Mario Hernandez, PhD, University of South Florida

Kathy Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD, Nova Southeastern University

Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, New York Institute of Technology 

Robert Merritt, MA, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Donald Barr, MD, PhD, Stanford University

William McDade, MD, PhD, Oschner Health System

Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Emory University

Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, JD, Families USA

Philip M. Alberti, PhD, Association of American Medical Colleges

Margaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, University of Buffalo 

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard University

Roderick King, MD, MPH, University of Miami

Jennifer Mieres, MD, Northwell Health

Susan Dreyfus, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Desiree K. Ramirez, MA, CCEP, CHC, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Mona N. Shah, PhD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D. will serve as the special series editor for this project and welcomes your input and submissions. Should you have any questions about this undertaking or would like to become involved in the series as a contributor, please contact either Daniel Dawes or Nelson Dunlap.