Thank you for making this conference a success!
The 2nd Annual Health Disparities Conference presented information that enriched the translation of research, teaching, and service programs.
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This year's conference, Improving Medical Effectiveness and Health Outcomes to Eliminate Health Disparities through Multidisciplinary Collaborations, was designed to share knowledge about health disparities and healthy behaviors. It was intended to engage health professionals, health educators, health policy makers, and researchers in collaborations that will lead to systematic changes in the way that health care is provided.
The keynote speakers, (John O. Agwunobi, MD, MBA, MPH - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Rodney C. Armstead, MD - UnitedHealth Group; Dexter W. Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH - Healthways, Inc.; Sybil Richard - Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals) addressed a broad range of topics including both socioeconomic and political factors that impact our ability to reduce disparities in health care. A special Call to Action (John Ruffin, PhD - National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities) addressed the important role of conference attendees in shaping action plans to improve the health of the nation.
General Sessions and Workshops explored collaborations among various constituencies and provided opportunities for thoughtful problem solving across multiple disciplines as a result of shared experiences. New to this year's conference were poster sessions, exhibits, and a Town Hall Meeting.
The open forum format of the Town Hall Meeting provided the opportunity to hear from the local community as they shared their concerns about health care with us. Key opinion leaders shared a broad scope of information to assist in providing resources to healthcare providers, policy makers, and ultimately the consumer.
We trust that the information offered during this conference addressed the imbalances and injustices in health care and health outcomes in the community. We believe this conference will help to identify some concerns about health disparities and provide measures that may be incorporated in other private and public health related programs and communities. The leadership at Xavier University of Louisiana and its College of Pharmacy is proud to host this conference and looks forward to providing a high level of educational and scientific information again in the future.