Thursday, November 01, 2012
Dr. Baquet Honored with Distinguished Lectureship on the Sciences of Health Disparities
Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, director of the Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2012 American Association for Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship on the Sciences of Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The award honors those with admirable lifetime achievements in health disparities, whose career focus has changed the way scientists conduct research in health disparities. Dr. Baquet delivered a lecture on her current work at the Fifth Annual AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Diego.
“I have devoted my career to unraveling the barriers to prevention, detection, care and participation in clinical trials for underserved populations,” says Dr. Baquet, who also is a professor of medicine and associate dean for policy and planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Cancer is an area in which many disparities still exist — some of which are avoidable. African Americans, rural and medically underserved communities can experience higher cancer incidence and mortality rates. It is critically important to foster community partnerships with researchers that can have a profound affect on producing solutions and community empowerment. These partnerships are also essential for supporting the translation of research results and evidenced based screening, prevention, treatment and quality of life strategies for disparity communities. I am honored to be recognized with this distinguished award, and I hope that the lecture and the entire conference serve to raise awareness of the critical state of science and cancer health disparities in America.”
Dr. Baquet serves as an advocate for quality health care with a focus on issues related to the health needs and models of care for the medically underserved and minority communities. She also serves as director of the Maryland Area Health Education Center Program and director of the Center for Health Policy/Health Services Research.
In 2002, Dr. Baquet served as the chair of the Governor’s Commission for the Prevention of Infant Mortality and received the Governor’s Citation for the reduction of the Maryland infant mortality rate. Dr. Baquet is also the 2004 co-recipient of the U.S. Department HHS Best Practice Award for “Increasing Availability of Community-Based Clinical Trials on the Eastern Shore”. Dr. Baquet was formally recognized by the Maryland Senate for her work to reduce cancer disparities and most recently for her longstanding commitment to the community.
Dr. Baquet’s recent awards include NIH’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Award for “Closing the Health Gap in the Communities We Serve, the American Public Health Association’s 2005 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health, the National Medical Association’s Council on Concerns for Women Physicians Research Award, and in May of 2006, Dr. Baquet received the “Racial Justice Award” from the YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area.
Dr. Baquet received her M.D. in 1977 from Meharry Medical College, Tennessee, and her M.P.H. in epidemiology in 1983 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She trained in pathology at St. Louis University and Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital.