By Garth Graham
When I was younger, my family emigrated from Jamaica to South Florida. That experience was my introduction to many of the challenges new immigrants face. We saw up close how people in urban communities were challenged to secure adequate housing, transportation, employment and safe living conditions.
Through the value of education, we also saw the way in which individuals can improve not just their personal, family and community dynamic but also use those experiences to make broader change.
That experience has informed and motivated my approach to healthcare and the driving role that the health of a community plays in the health of its residents. I’ve had many professional stops which have only served to strengthen my view: as an interventional cardiologist, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Office of Minority Health for two administrations, Associate Professor of Medicine, and now, head of the Aetna Foundation. [Read more…]