The National Minority Health Association (NMHA), is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 by Dr. David L. Dalton, Chairman and CEO of UNIVEC Conglomerate Inc. (UNVC). The organization achieved its initial mission of ensuring the establishment of Offices of Minority Health in all 50 states. Today the NMHA is deploying Operation Healthy You™ (OHY), a program that identifies areas of healthcare disparity and works with healthcare providers and community resources to address identified needs. The program is intended to lower the long-term overall cost of healthcare and improve outcomes for minority and underserved communities.
The NMHA, launched in 1988, and incorporated as a 501c3 not-for--profit organization in Pennsylvania, by Dr. David L. Dalton, was founded and established to address the appropriate prescribing of medications to minorities and to provide accurate information related to diseases that affect minority communities. To accomplish this, the organization sought and realized the establishment of Offices of Minority Health in all 50 states.
Founding directors included Dr. Dalton, Fred Foard, and Gail Davis. Leroy Robinson, (deceased) served as its initial Executive Director. Having accomplished its initial mission, the organization seeks to now fulfill its next mission of helping to close the disparity gap in minority health care. It hopes to accomplish this mission through a unique program developed by the NMHA under the name Operation Healthy You™.
"Helping to close the disparity gap in minority health and care."
WHO WE ARE
While COVID19 has been devastating in so many ways for so many communities, it has impacted minority communities disproportionately. Numerous factors play a role including limited access, lack of utilization due to related costs for needed services such as insurance, childcare, transportation, and the list goes on.
Certain occupations also put minorities at greater risk than the population at large. Minorities and disadvantaged people comprise much of the “essential” employee pool. With jobs such as home health aides, assisted living facility workers, fast food workers, delivery, retail, and other service industries there are higher concentrations of minority workers. While healthcare disparities did not start with COVID19, the pandemic has focused a spotlight on them for the world to see.
Addressing these disparities will significantly lessen the gap between the quality of health care provided to minority and underserved communities.
72% more likely to contract diabetes
Native American men
50% more likely to die from Prostate Cancer
Hispanics have diabetes
Asian Americans are 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic white Americans
Dr. David Dalton is the first black pharmaceutical executive in the chain drug industry. Honored as one of the top ten graduates over 100 years. In Four Halls of Fame, Senatorial Medal of Freedom and Veteran. He served in several capacities with Rite Aid Corporation including Corporate Vice President. He left Rite Aid Corporation to acquire Peoples Drug Stores with an investment group inclusive of Robert Bass of Texas. Dr. Dalton served as Senior Vice President. He founded Managed Care Rx merged it with Bergen Brunswick, a drug wholesale company sales over 14 billion. Health Resources, Inc. for which he is Founder, President and CEO is a national PBM and Pharmacy Services, Inc. a prescription mail service company. Health Resources Inc. has been recognized in Black Enterprise Magazine top 100 for over 25 years. Dr. Dalton is President and CEO of Univec Conglomerate Inc. a public company that manufactures and distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and cannabis CBD. Physician and Pharmaceutical Services Inc, (PPSI) is the pharmacy sample services division of Univec Conglomerate Inc. He is Executive Chairman of Wellness TeleMed(Telemedicine) and WellnessRx (Mental Health and Substance abuse clinics)
Dr. Dalton is one of the original members and directors of the National Council of Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). Founder of National Minority Health Association. He has received national and local recognition by the President and Senate of the United States and Congressional Black Caucus. The University of West Virginia recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni and again honored him as Outstanding Alumni of West Virginia School of Pharmacy and Outstanding Service recognition to the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Dalton was inducted into the Black CEO Hall of Fame in 2006. Honored by his hometown of Grafton, West Virginia as the author of city slogan Grafton, West Virginia “ The City where Mother’s Day Began “ He was inducted into the Taylor County School's Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted into the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Centennial Hall of Fame in 2014 and Selected "Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Worldwide " by IFAH 2019
Harold D. Young, Esq, has over thirty years of experience representing persons in various legal disciplines. His practice areas include wills and estates, probate, family law, elder law, real estate, small business, corporations, government, housing, and personal injury. Harold is admitted to practice in all courts in Maryland and the United States District Court. Harold’s legal practice has a special emphasis on preserving the assets of senior and disabled members of the community.
For over thirty-five years, Young has worked in communities throughout Maryland on housing and community development issues, bringing opportunities to communities and people. As Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harold was responsible for the delivery of national programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was the single point of contact for all of the Department’s efforts in the state and led a staff of highly trained and qualified housing and community development professionals available to communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, government officials, and citizens for consultation on areas as diverse as rural development, Brownfields, outreach, and community planning.
Harold coordinated housing resources for the improvement of local communities, advised the Secretary of HUD, assistant secretaries, and other senior departmental officials on specific housing and community development needs, convened community leaders, housing professionals, non-profit organizations, and elected officials to address important housing and community development issues. He was HUD’s spokesperson in Maryland for housing policy related to public and assisted housing, fair housing, and community-based initiatives. He led a staff of 100 plus employees who work in Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Public Housing, Single Family Housing, Multi-Family Housing, and Community Planning and Development.
A graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Harold also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Morgan State University. A consummate professional, dedicated community activist, and exceptional administrator, he has been an advisor to numerous faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and public officials. Harold served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Morgan State University. Harold currently practices law, concentrating in probate, estates and trusts, torts, administrative, business, and corporate law.
HUD Secretary’s Fair Housing Award
HUD Secretary’s Customer Service Award
Real Estate Brokers of Baltimore, Inc., Democracy in Housing Award
The Baltimore Marketing Association, Inc., Harold D. Young, Esquire, Leadership Award
Col. James Williams, a prostate cancer survivor since 1991, Jim is the principal of Jim Williams, and Associates, Camp Hill, PA - a consulting firm specializing in human resources management, prostate cancer awareness, education, and advocacy. Before launching Jim Williams and Associates, Jim was the Operations Manager, Human Resources, Penn State Geisinger Health System – The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. Other professional experiences include Director, Human Resources, American Bar Association at their headquarters in Chicago, IL, and as a Corporate Personnel Manager, Montgomery Ward and Company, Inc. at their headquarters in Chicago. He retired from the United States Regular Army as a full colonel before joining Montgomery Ward.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition (PPCC), Harrisburg, PA
• Life member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Baltimore, MD
• Life member, NAACP, Baltimore, MD
• Life member, The Retired Officers Association, Washington, DC
• Life member, West Chester University Alumni Association, West Chester, PA
• Member Advisory Board, Prostate Cancer Choice Research Project, Mayo Clinic
• Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Zeta Theta Lambda), Harrisburg, PA
• Member, Community Advisory Board, Urology of Central PA (UCPA), Camp Hill PA
• Member, Editorial Board, Cancer Today magazine, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Phila PA
• Member, Tm #1 Admission Committee, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey PA
• Past Chair, Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC), Houston, TX
• Vice President, Beta Pi Boule, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Harrisburg, PA
• Vice President, Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus (ICCC), Larkspur, CA
The recipient of dozens of awards for his many works, Col. Williams has authored multiple publications as has received accreditation as an SPHR - Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is an instrument-rated private pilot
Col. Williams received his Master of Science in Education from Siena College, Loudonville, New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Education from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Robert A Scott is a Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University. He is currently the administrator of R. Scott Associates. This is an organization that conducts research and provides training and consultation in Organizational Strategic Planning, Organizational Inclusion and Diversity Management, Human Relations in the New Millennium, and Motivation and Achievement Theory and Practice.
Dr. Scott is a native of Reading Pennsylvania, a Marine veteran, a graduate OF A&T University with a degree in Sociology, a graduate of Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he attended advanced courses in Industrial Relations and Achievement Motivation at Harvard University and Cornell University
Employment includes Veterans Administration Hospital as a psychiatric counselor, the New York Correctional System as a diagnostician, and with the Youth House for Youth, and Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Scott’s major research, teaching, training, and consultation concentration include Individual and Organizational Dynamics that Influence Effective and/or Productive Interactions. He and his colleagues have designed and distributed training curricula that are used nationally and internationally. Their work has influenced policies and practices in private, public, and federal organizations. A major focus, more recently, is on the issues specific to ethnic disparities in health-care treatment and organizational diversity.
Dr. Scott’s interest and motivation in both civil and human rights stem from his parents, who were very active in the integration of churches in Reading, Pennsylvania. His brother, who was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame, was instrumental in integrating the United States Army Band. Dr. Scott continued to demonstrate his passion and commitment to Human Rights with participation in the struggle for equity as a marine, as a college student, and as a college professor. As president of the student body at Atlanta University, he helped to engineer civil rights demonstrations and programs, with the guidance of Dr. M.L. King. At Pennsylvania State University, in addition to his research and teaching, he served as faculty advisor for minority students, staff, and faculty. He was very active in recruitment and mentoring.
Awards: Penn State University Professor of the Year Award, Cornelius Community Service Award, Keystone Outstanding Citizen Award, Diversity Champion Award, Outstanding African-American Men Legacy Award, and the 2009 Civil Rights Unsung Hero Award He serves on numerous boards and committees, including, co-chair of Pennsylvania’s veteran’s committee to elect President Barack Obama.
Dr. Eric Ritter was born and raised in Washington DC. He attended undergraduate school at Brandeis University and majored in psychology with a pre-medical and education core. Dr. Ritter received his masters degree in education and principal certification from Harvard University. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee. His internal medicine residency was at Boston Medical Center and Franklin Square, Hospital Center. After graduating from residency program he has worked as a hospitalist in the inpatient setting for nine years. At the present time, he specializes in addiction medicine and owns his own addiction medicine company and works as an impatient detoxification doctor. Dr. Ritter also serves as a certified ringside physician on the professional and amateur level. In hIs free time Dr. Ritter enjoys church, raising his three daughters, boxing, and service to his community.
Burgess Harrison., MBA Burgess brings a wide breadth of expertise to the National Minority Health Association. He comes with more than 25 years of home health, homecare, electronic visit verification, and telehealth technology experience. He is a pioneer in electronic visit verification and possesses a unique understanding of the market and issues patients and providers face. Burgess is an educator, former adjunct professor, marketing executive, and software business founder who happens to be a unique perspective to minority health. As an Albino with low vision from two black parents, Burgess leads the association with a unique personal healthcare journey and understands the impact of the lack of access as a child, as well as being an experiment or “lab project” for healthcare professionals.
He is the co-founder of Statchek, Inc.a pioneer in electronic visit verification in-home care (acquired by Wipro NYSE: WIT) and Ankota LLC, a SaaS home care technology company.
Having a family that has received home care and assisted living as well as elderly relatives afflicted with PICKs and dementia, Burgess is acutely aware of the issues that face minority and disadvantaged Americans when they need simple and complex medical services.
Burgess has developed innovative and forward-thinking programs to non-profits as he served on the boards of the American Red Cross of South Central Connecticut and Shoreline Foundation (S.A.R.A.H.). This is Burgess’s passion. He developed the concept for Operation Healthy You and after a year of development, Dr. Dalton saw the potential and joined forces to bring it to life in the NMHA. To borrow a phrase from his good friend and mentor John Hope Bryant, let’s go!
David Cole is an accomplished healthcare professional and business executive with 20+ years of experience in building multiple successful products and companies. He is an expert in SaaS product development, marketing, sales, and complex retail channel development. A skilled strategist and business development specialist, David has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations, government agencies, regulatory authorities, health care systems, and providers.
David studied physics and computer science at the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology. He went on to co-found Statchek, Inc., a pioneer in electronic visit verification, which was sold to a public company in 1999 (now Wipro NYSE-WIT.) David went on to serve as the first vice president of technology for AccentCare, Inc., a national provider of skilled services at home. He subsequently co-founded two non-medical home care agencies and served as the executive director for Interim Home Health in Atlanta, GA, a Medicare-certified home health agency. David also co-founded the former National Memory Impairment Institute, a 501C3 not for profit that developed educational programs for caregivers caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. David was also a co-founder of MRI First, a low-cost provider of MRI imaging services, where he continues to serve as a director on its board.
An expert in the areas of home care services and programs, David developed what became the first outcomes management system for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He also developed CareMaestro, a system that reduced readmissions for a large west-coast hospital chain from 12% to 1.5%. He is a certified Chronic Care Professional (CCP) from the Health Sciences Institute, a California-certified administrator for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE), a former Medicare administrator, and a Certified Memory Impairment Specialist-Instructor (CMIS-I), from the National Memory Impairment Institute.
NMHA Guiding Principles
At the National Minority Health Association (NMHA), we seek to have all organizations A.C.T. on the minority healthcare disparity by adopting, through their actions, the following guiding principles: Acknowledge – Create – Transform.
Acknowledge that, even in the wealthiest of countries worldwide, there are significant disparities, biases, stereotypes, and inequalities in the healthcare of minority communities. These disparities often lead to less than optimal outcomes.
Create pathways for healthcare equality to provide a means for change.
Transform the healthcare system to be more inclusive, less costly, and more accessible.
The aims of our Guiding Principles are to…
• Inform our stakeholders of the severity of the issue and invite them to join us in closing the healthcare disparity gap
• Be inclusive in our approach and communications
• Implement change by being the change
• Incorporate diversity (it’s just good business)
• Interact and communicate with diverse populations so they get our message
• Provide pathways for individuals to understand and take personal action for better healthcare and outcomes
• Include the objective of personal health as a key element any success plan
• Manage the organization to do everything we can to close the disparity gap that impacts minority populations
• Make healthcare better for all
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