Racial Health Disparities Technical Exchange U.S. and Brazil

In health, we have made strides in interagency and inter-ministerial cooperation. In a bi-weekly basis, representatives from the U.S. and Brazilian Governments in the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ministry of Health, respectively, meet to discuss opportunities for technical exchanges and discussions to eliminate racial disparities in health. From August 22-26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality to share U.S. policies and programs addressing racial disparities in health during field site visits in Atlanta; Chicago; and Charleston and Georgetown, South Carolina. The study visit to the U.S. included learning about U.S. public policies and CDC funded programs which seek to ameliorate racial disparities in health. The exchange was successful and the working group is exploring other opportunities to exchange good practices and technical expertise.