Scientific Agenda

The Ninth Health Disparities Conference, titled From Disparity to Equity: Building Healthier Communities, 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:

  • Identify resources to build on community resiliency and partnerships by capitalizing on the community's strength and resources to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity;
  • Develop and evaluate evidence-based solutions that are driven by social, economic, policy, scientific, clinical and environmental factors;
  • Assess the needs of a diverse workforce in building healthier communities; and
  • Discuss the role of population health in research and interventions.
Program Outline
Monday, February 29, 2016
7:00AM – 7:00PM Conference Registration and Check-In
8:30AM – 12:30PM RCMI Cancer Cluster Symposium
10:00AM – 12:00PM Pre-Conference Workshop 1: Model for Community Scholars (MUSC): Linking the Participatory Research Enterprise
1:00PM – 3:00PM Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Use of Technology in a Collaborative / Interprofessional Environment
3:15PM – 5:00PM General Session I & Opening: From Disparity to Equity: Building Healthier Communities — Building a Practical Enterprise System
5:00PM – 7:30PM Welcome and Networking Reception / Poster Session 1
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:00AM – 3:00PM Conference Registration and Check–In
7:00AM – 8:30AM Networking Breakfast / Poster Session 1
8:30AM – 9:30AM Meet the Expert: Multidisciplinary Approaches of Public Health — Integrating Pharmacy to Improve Outcomes
9:40AM – 11:10AM General Session II: Integrating the Social Determinants of Health to Become a Healthier Community: Beyond Health and Health Care
(A Panel Discussion)
11:45AM – 1:30PM Lunch and General Session III: The John Ruffin Lecture Series
2:00PM – 3:30PM 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
3:45PM – 5:00PM Concurrent Workshop 1: Effective Collaborative Models to Establish Healthier Communities Across the Life Span
(A Panel Discussion)
  Concurrent Workshop 2: Navigating the Inequalities of the Aging Experience: Models to Sustain Healthy Communities for Seniors
  Concurrent Workshop 3: Personalized Medicine — Genomic Discovery and Family History
5:00PM – 7:00PM Networking Reception / Poster Session 2
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7:00AM – 10:00AM Conference Registration and Check–In
8:00AM – 9:30AM Networking Breakfast / Poster Session 2
9:30AM – 12:00PM General Session IV: Recommendations and Closing Session
(A Tabletop Discussion)

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