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UNC: Faculty Member Selected As One of ‘40 Under 40’ Leaders in Minority Health

Dr. Cleo Samuel, assistant professor of health policy and management at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, was chosen by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) as one of 40 next-generation leaders in minority health under the age of 40.

Dr. Morris Weinberger, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management and chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, said that Dr. Samuel personifies the type of person deserving of the award.

“Dr. Samuel is a rising star who is committed to a career that will promote health equity and social justice through her research, teaching and service,” Dr. Weinberger said. “She is destined for a long and successful career conducting relevant health services research that improves the care of and outcomes for patients who could benefit from supportive and palliative care. Her commitment to reduce racial disparities is a high priority for the nation.”

Dr. Samuel said she was humbled and pleased by the award.

“My career in health care equity began 13 years ago, and my commitment to this work runs deep,” Dr. Samuel said. “To be recognized in this way is a huge honor for me. I look forward to engaging with the NMQF, members of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and other 40-Under-40 leaders in minority health to advance equity in health care access and quality.”

Dr. Samuel will accept her award at the 2019 National Minority Quality Forum Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala Dinner on April 9 in Washington, DC.

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