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Welcome to the Cobb Institute

The National Medical Association (NMA) established the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute (Cobb Institute) to develop, evaluate, and implement strategies to promote wellness and eliminate health disparities and racism in medicine. 

The Cobb Institute conducts data-driven research, makes policy recommendations where appropriate, and serves as a resource for NMA members and the greater healthcare community. It is the preeminent repository of information about the health of African Americans.


The Cobb Institute joins the entire NMA Family in mourning the loss of distinguished NMA Past President Richard Butcher. For information on the life and career of Dr. Butcher click this link.


Richard O. Butcher, M.D.

91st President of the
National Medical Association
1939 -- 2016 


Join us for the 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit

The 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit is the result of a successful collaborative partnership between the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, made possible through the generous support of the Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus. The goal of this endeavor is to bring various stakeholders together to provide important information and resources to eliminate health disparities.

This year’s Summit will take a holistic approach and focus on how different environments, such as the physical environment (e.g. Flint, Michigan water crisis), healthcare environment (e.g. role of diversity in improving outcomes) and social environment (societal structural issues such as gun violence), are creating or exacerbating health disparities. Where you live matters. Therefore, patients, health care providers, political leaders and community leaders can each make a positive impact to improve their environment, resulting in improved health outcomes in their communities.

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Begin your journey with the Cobb Institute

Board Member Spotlight

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH

Former Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH

Read more about 

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

View the Cobb Institute's Board of Directors Page.