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14th Health Disparities Conference

April 7–8, 2021 | A Virtual Conference

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2021 Program Agenda

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The Evidence of Personal and Societal Determinants to Achieve Health Equity as a Public Health Practice

Health equity needs to become a priority practice in the public health sector; and measures to reduce disparities must be integrated into health programs and services. Social determinants of health such as poverty, unequal access ot health care and jobs, lack of education, stigma, and racism are underlying, contributing factors of health inequities. This conference will examine and discuss the key principles for promoting more equitable health outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

The 2021 Health Disparities Conference was designed to:

  • Discuss public health practice to achieve health equity through integrated partnerships and collaborations.
  • Examine the existing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health.
  • Review systems to improve community voice and action to affect social and structural conditions that are known to have wide-ranging health effects on communities such as education, industry, and social justice.

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, April 7, 2021

Session Time Session Name
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Welcome & Overview
Greetings & Overview
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM General Session I
The Pandemic: The Exacerbation of Existing Racial, Ethnic, & Socioeconomic Disparities in Health — A Crisis of Health Inequality
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM General Session II
Systems Integration to Improve the Presence of Health Equity
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM General Session III
The Intersectionality of Education, Industry & Social Justice in Creating an Equity-Based Workforce
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Town Hall Forum
Where Do We Go From Here?
Beyond the Pandemic
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Poster Session
Posters will be presented during a pre-recorded 'Dessert & Coffee' Reception.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time Activity
1:00 PM – 1:05 PM Welcome & Overview
Re-Cap of Previous Day Sessions
1:05 PM – 1:15 PM John Ruffin Junior Research Lecture
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM General Session IV
Data & Technology to Advance Health Equity: Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Teleresearch
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM John Ruffin Lecture
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Concurrent Podium Presentation A
Disease Management & Disparities
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Concurrent Podium Presentation B
Health Services, Policy, and Social Determinants of Health
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Concurrent Podium Presentation C
Health Maintenance & Prevention in Special Populations
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM General Session V
Allocating & Planning for the Intersectionality of Resilience in Behavioral / Mental Health
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Awards & Closing