Letter from the director

The director thanks SES supporters and volunteers, recognizes the guest editor and bids farewell to departing board members

By Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH

As we look back and reflect on 2012, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many stakeholders, for your dedication and support of our work over the last year. Your support has come in different forms, through participation or thoughtful feedback we are grateful for your involvement. Our strength comes from our network and members, and we are stronger for having you beside us, as we continue on this mission to ensure that issues of SES receive the full attention of the association.

While evidence suggests that the U.S. has come out of its financial crisis of 2008, the assurance of recovery has become a phantom oasis for those hit the hardest by this economic downturn. With this reality, the committee will continue its major charge in promoting attention among psychologist to the scientific understanding of the roles of SES and poverty in health, education and human welfare. Furthermore, the committee examines the impact of social class disparities and proposes strategies to reduce related inequalities and the proliferation of social exclusion.

We have dedicated space in this issue of The SES Indicator  to our guest editor; assistant professor of epidemiology, at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health — Dr. Lawrence H. Yang. Dr. Yang will chronicle an innovative pilot, which conceptualizes the culture of Chinese-American caregivers and the prevalence of stigma. The remaining space has been utilized to close out a successful year and to offer thanks and gratitude to our two departing board members, Dr. Faye Reimers of the University of North Texas, and Dr. Hector González of Wayne State University.
As we celebrate the success of our fifth year, we want to highlight the volunteer service of our distinguished board:

  • Salvador Macias, II, PhD, chair 

  • Laura Smith, PhD, chair-elect  

  • Hector González, PhD 

  • Cynthia Hudley, PhD 

  • Faye Reimers, PhD 

  • Ruth Riding-Malon, PhD

We could not begin to do what we do without the efforts of a core group of giving and gracious individuals. Please help us in recognizing the selfless contributions of the 2012 Committee on Socioeconomic Status. We invite you to share in this journey of progress. As always, you will find at the conclusion of this issue information on how you can become involved in the work of OSES and CSES, by either joining the SES Network Listserv, serving as a formal monitor, or future board service. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Keyona King-Tsikata
Director of the Office on Socioeconomic Status