2013 The Root 100

Doctor fights health disparities as head of philanthropic agency.

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  • Garth Graham

  • Fighting the gap in healthy outcomes for people of color through philanthropic public health efforts.
  • Job: Doctor, public health expert and president of the Aetna Foundation
  • Sector: Health Care
  • Location: Hartford, Conn.
  • Age: 38
  • Bio: Dr. Garth Graham is on a mission: to ensure that all people, especially those of color and other vulnerable communities, have access to high-quality health care. As the new president of the Aetna Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the national health care company, Graham will play a key role in helping fund programs to improve the health outcomes of underserved communities. He has a winning track record. Graham spent seven years as head of the nation's Office of Minority Health. His many achievements include leading an effort that helped for the first time to close the gap in flu-vaccination rates among children of color. A frequent writer and pundit on health disparities, he discussed ways to achieve equal access to quality health care in his 2009 book, The Role of Decentralization in Strengthening Equity in Healthcare. Visit his website.
  • Fun Fact: At age 29 he became one of the youngest people to lead a U.S. public health service agency as the deputy assistant secretary for minority health at the Department of Health and Human Services.