The Rollins College Center for Health Innovation (CHI) kicked off its inaugural Heath Forum Series with Dr. Adewale Troutman, former president of the American Public Health Association and current Professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Dr. Troutman presented a public lecture titled “How Eliminating Health Disparities Can Help Cure Our Nation’s Healthcare Ills”. Held at the College’s Bush Auditorium, the event was attended by more than 200 Rollins students, faculty, staff, and community residents.
Selected as a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Rollins, Dr. Troutman has established a long-held commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, and national and global health. For over 40 years, he has upheld the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice, and oppression. During the lecture, Dr. Troutman posed the question “What if we were equal?” as it pertains to social and moral issues such as health care. He discussed how creating a more diverse population of health-care professionals will help eliminate disparities, improving the nation’s overall health outlook.