As the Interim Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy it is my pleasure to be hosting a national Congressional health disparities summit, Policies and Practices that Promote Health Justice, that will be held on September 6th and 7th in the SUB ballroom on the UNM Campus. This is an amazing opportunity for us to discuss various elements of racial and ethnic health disparities before a large audience that will include 5-10 members of Congress, Tribal leaders, state leaders, health policy experts, researchers and members of the wider New Mexico community. At this point we have already reached out maximum capacity with RSVP’s which speaks to the importance of these issues to our community. We are excited to note that this year’s summit will be the first in which the Native American Congressional Caucus is formally engaged in the discussions which has provided the opportunity for us to highlight some of our state’s expertise in the area of Native American health. The RWJF Center’s mission is to develop the next generation of national health policy leaders with a particular focus on Latino and Native American health. This is therefore an ideal opportunity for the RWJF Center to engage our PhD students in the federal policy making process, as the Tri-Caucus will announce their goals for legislation focused on racial and ethnic health disparities at the conclusion of this event.