Dr. David Satcher, founding director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, 16th surgeon general of the United States, and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak Jan. 21 at a University of Michigan-affiliated event in Detroit.

Satcher’s presentation will be available online via live stream. Pre-registration for the symposium and the livestream is required. For more details, go to www.detroiturc.org.

David Satcher

Satcher’s talk — from 9:15-10:15 a.m. at Detroit’s Crowne Plaza Hotel — is titled “Leadership Needs in the Quest for Health Equity” and will touch on multiple aspects of promoting health equity, including the use of community-based participatory research, a collaborative research approach that involves community members in all stages of the process.

His address is part of the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), a partnership of U-M researchers in the schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Social Work, and multiple Detroit community-based organizations and health agencies focused on using a community-based participatory research approach to reduce health inequities in Detroit.

During his tenure with the CDC, Satcher was pivotal in the establishment of the CDC’s Urban Research Centers Program that supported the creation of the Detroit URC in 1995.

Satcher wrote the following in his foreword of “Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health,” co-edited by Barbara Israel, professor of health behavior and health education, and director of the Detroit URC:

“It is increasingly clear that in order to reach the goals of improving quality as well as increasing years of healthy life and eliminating disparities in health among different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, we must target all of the determinants of health where disparities have their roots. We must close the gaps that exist in access to quality health care, practice of healthy lifestyles, quality of physical and social environments, and policies that impact these areas.”