Health gap – Focus on minorities

By Donnie Stanley

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Closing the health gap between minorities and the rest of the U.S. population will be the focus of a new research center at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University.

The school will launch a $20 million endowment campaign to fund the new center for minority health, which is being named for poet Maya Angelou, a professor of American studies at the school.

Initial funding for the center includes $500,000 from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte and $80,000 from The Winston-Salem Foundation.

The national advisory board for the center, which will study ways to improve minority health care and aims to serve as a national model for research in the field, includes Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Andrew Young, chairman of GoodWorks International.

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