Scientific Agenda

The Eighth Health Disparities Conference, titled From Cataloging Health Disparities to Creating Health Equity: Effective Models to Equalize Outcomes, features lectures by individuals who are making significant contributions to improving healthcare access and to empowering vulnerable populations and marginalized communities.

This conference will allow participants to review and learn strategies focused on achieving health equity through access to care, prevention and treatment of major chronic diseases. Special session presentations will address interprofessional models of clinical, scientific, academic, and public health interventions that improve outcomes and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity through treatment, advocacy, and policy development.

At the end of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Examine interprofessional and interdisciplinary co-partnerships between patients and communities to eliminate health disparities and create health equity;
  • Discuss interprofessional models that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities;
  • Examine interprofessional partnerships that result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other policy implications; and
  • Review the impact of patient and community partnerships designed to reduce racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.
Program Outline
Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:00PM – 7:00PM Conference Registration and Check-in
1:00PM – 4:30PM Pre-Conference Workshop 1: Successful Models of Research Partnerships between Community Organizations and Academic Research Institutions
  Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Effective Grantsmanship
3:00PM – 5:00PM Pre-Conference Workshop 3: Federal Research and Program Funding Opportunities
5:00PM – 7:30PM Welcome and Networking / Poster Reception
Friday, March 13, 2015
7:00AM – 3:00PM Conference Registration and Check–In
7:00AM – 8:30AM Breakfast Networking and Poster Session
8:30AM – 10:00AM General Session I: Communications as a Critical Priority to Equalize Health Outcomes
10:35AM – 11:55AM General Session II: Systems Approaches to Eliminating Health Disparities and Improving Health Equity
12:00PM – 1:30PM Lunch and General Session III: The Inaugural John Ruffin Lecture Series
1:35PM – 3:00PM Concurrent Workshop 1: What Is Community-Based Research? Merging community knowledge with resources and expertise
  Concurrent Workshop 2: Community Based Models that Include Health Literacy, Access and Utilization
  Concurrent Workshop 3: Optimizing the Continuum of Care for Patients with Heart Failure: A Multidisciplinary Approach
3:15PM – 5:00PM Podium Presentation Session A: Disease Management and Disparities Through Interprofessional Relationships
  Podium Presentation Session B: Health Services, Policy and Social Determinants of Health
  Podium Presentation Session C: Health Maintenance and Prevention in Special Populations
5:00PM – 7:00PM Networking and Poster Reception
Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:00AM – 10:00AM Conference Registration and Check–In
8:00AM – 9:30AM Breakfast Networking and Poster Session
9:30AM – 11:00AM General Session IV: What's Next in Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities

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