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15th Health Disparities Conference

March 30–April 1, 2022 | New Orleans, LA

2022 Program Agenda

Interprofessional Approaches to Mitigating Health Disparities: A Paradigm Shift

Concerns related to health disparities and health equity will not be solved in isolation because of their complexities. Solutions will require translation of scientific knowledge and lived experience of specific populations and their unique cultures and attitudes coupled with policy changes to implement the recommendations of these experiences. The disparities and inequities are systemic and longstanding. Policies also contribute to these inequities and disparities including those which influence political and social determinants of health. While much has been written and discussed about eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity, perhaps we have overlooked a broader picture that engages all sides of the matter including intra-cultural issues that contribute to these disparities and inequities.

The 15th Health Disparities Conference will provide a multi-perspective view of concerns and issues through an interprofessional and multidisciplinary lens including public and private partnerships, bi-directional collaborations, community engagement and the lived experience, including generational components that are also systemic in nature. These discussions and presentations will highlight solutions by examining the paradigm shifts around the use of population science and the unchanging landscape of the field of health disparities. Our general sessions, workshops, and poster and podium presentations will focus on models that present solutions and address the fundamental root causes of inequality through the allocation of power and resources and the unequal environmental, social, and economic conditions.

This Conference was designed to:

  • Identify lessons learned from a global pandemic when addressing health equity and health disparities;
  • Describe successful models of partnership and collaborations with interprofessional and multidisciplinary approaches to improve health equity considering inter- and intra-cultural implications; and
  • Identify research collaborations and community engagement to improve health equity and mitigate health disparities while addressing the social and political determinants of health.

Tailored to attendees' interests around community-centered basic and clinical research and health policy, this conference program was designed to highlight excellence in research and public health models that are sustainable, replicable, culturally appropriate, and that contribute to health equity.

Program Outline

This program agenda is subject to change. All times listed are CDT.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Session Time Session Name
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pre-Conference Workshop
Strategies for Developing Effective Grant Proposals
Paul E. Tuttle, MA, CRA
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM General Session I
The Paradigm Shift to Eliminate Health Disparities and Achieve Health Equity:
Is it Realistic?
KEYNOTE: Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH
2:35 PM – 4:35 PM General Session II
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Mitigate Health Disparities
Kevin B. Sneed, PharmD
4:45 PM – 6:30 PM Poster Session I

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Concurrent Workshop 1
Translation of Clinical, Scientific, and Public Health Knowledge and the Lived Experience: Equity and Policy
Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DrPH, MDiv
Quincy J. Byrdsong, EdD
Philip M. Alberti, PhD
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Concurrent Workshop 2
Cultural Competence and Health Literacy and Social Determinants of Health
Deborah S. Clements, MD
Lakesha M. Butler, PharmD, BCPS
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Concurrent Workshop 3
Health Informatics and Health Disparities
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM John Ruffin Lecture and Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Session III
Solutions-Based Collaborative Approaches
Gary H. Gibbons, MD (Invited)
Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD
3:10 PM – 5:10 PM General Session IV
Successful Interprofessional and Multidisciplinary Models
Freida H. Outlaw, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN
Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH
Jayne S. Reuben, PhD
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Poster Session II

Friday, April 1, 2022

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM General Session V
John Ruffin Young Investigator Presentation, Awards & Closing