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My Quest for Health Equity

Notes on Learning While Leading

David Satcher, MD, PhD

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Reading this book is like sitting down with Dr. David Satcher to hear stories of leadership and lessons learned from his lifetime commitment to health equity.

Dr. David Satcher is one of the most widely known and well-regarded physicians of our time. A former four-star admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he served as the assistant secretary for health, the surgeon general of the United States, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before founding the eponymous Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. At the core of…

Reading this book is like sitting down with Dr. David Satcher to hear stories of leadership and lessons learned from his lifetime commitment to health equity.

Dr. David Satcher is one of the most widely known and well-regarded physicians of our time. A former four-star admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he served as the assistant secretary for health, the surgeon general of the United States, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before founding the eponymous Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. At the core of his impact on public health, he is also a lifelong leader for civil rights and health equity. Born black and poor in the deep South, Dr. Satcher was a victim of an unjust health care system: he almost died of whooping cough at the age of two because Jim Crow laws meant that his black doctor could not admit him to a hospital. That experience was the first of many that shaped him as a leader and a healer deeply attuned to social inequity—someone who was determined to make a positive difference. med

In My Quest for Health Equity, Dr. Satcher takes an inspiring and instructive look inside his fifty-year career to shed light on the challenge and burden of leadership. Explaining that he has thought of each leadership role—whether in academia, community, or government—as an opportunity to move the needle toward health equity, he shares the hard-won lessons he has learned over a lifetime in the medical field.

Drawing on his early memories, medical school days, experience in the civil rights movement, and professional highs and lows, Dr. Satcher touches on a number of topics, including

• the essential qualities of leadership
• leading from science to policy to practice
• the importance of clear communication and continual learning
• the need for workplace discipline
• confronting failure
• specific health issues, including the obesity epidemic, reproductive health, and mental health stigma
• team approaches to leadership
• and much more

In this book, readers will discover a template for using leadership roles of all types to eliminate health disparities. My Quest for Health Equity is a vital resource for current and rising leaders.

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Compelling and unique. No other book is capable of telling the story of health and disparity advocacy better than through the words of this leader and architect of the movement. Dr. Satcher sits at the tables where policy and programming are formulated. Readers who intend to be leaders in the quest for health equity will benefit from Dr. Satcher's bird's-eye view.

I have long been an admirer of Dr. David Satcher's work in public health, including his commitment to achieving health equity for all. This book exemplifies his approachable way of explaining complicated issues like ending health disparities and cultivating leadership qualities.

Every public health and academic leader should read this book now. In his rich, nuanced, and memorable voice, David Satcher teaches us about real leadership. His extraordinary ability to move between the worlds of public health and academia is driven by his single, clear passion for health equity, a cause he has advanced more than any other individual.

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240
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Lessons Learned from Fifty Years of Leadership
Chapter 2. From Health Disparities to Global Health Equity
Chapter 3. When Leadership Confronts Failure
Chapter 4

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Lessons Learned from Fifty Years of Leadership
Chapter 2. From Health Disparities to Global Health Equity
Chapter 3. When Leadership Confronts Failure
Chapter 4. The Need for Clear Communication
Chapter 5. The Need for Continual Learning
Chapter 6. A Three-Dimensional Perspective on Leadership
Chapter 7. Discipline in the Quest for Health Equity
Chapter 8. Leading from Science to Policy to Practice
Chapter 9. Confronting the Epidemic of Overweight and Obesity
Chapter 10. The Advancement of Reproductive Health
Chapter 11. Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Problems
Chapter 12. Leadership beyond Expertise
Chapter 13. The Team Approach to Leadership
Chapter 14. Leading for Institutional Sustainability
Frequently Used Acronyms
References
Index

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David Satcher, MD, PhD

David Satcher, MD, PhD, is the founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and a professor at Morehouse School of Medicine. Formerly the director of the Centers for Disease Control and the 16th surgeon general of the United States, he is a lifelong leader for civil rights and health equity.