April is National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. Some of the efforts by scientists in Kessler Foundation’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, Center for Outcomes & Assessment Research, and Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research, focus on studying how minorities with disabilities are affected and not properly accommodated for in their communities, at their jobs, and other areas.

“We study how to improve quality of life for individuals from all races and cultures,” says John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for research and training. “We also focus on ways to enroll more people from minority groups in research studies. Having greater diversity in our study populations means our findings apply to more people with disabilities.”


Fatma Eren, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research
Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research

Ann Kutlik

Senior Research Assistant

Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research
Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research

Steven Kirshblum, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Kessler Foundation, Codirector, Center for Spinal Stimulation

Center for Spinal Stimulation Research
Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research
Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research
Steven Kirshblum, MD, is the Senior Medical Officer and Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program for Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Chief Academic Officer for the Select Medical Rehabilitation Division and the Chief Medical Officer of the Kessler Foundation. Dr. Kirshblum is the Chair of...