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Session 5: Translating Health Equity into Action Symposium

Health Equity Professional Development Learning Series Agenda
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Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Gelman rm 101 (National Churchill Library) 

Day-long Symposium

9:30-10am Check-in and Breakfast
10:00-10:15am Welcome and Overview
10:15-11:05am Roundtable, Part I.

How to Address DC Disparities
Yolanda A. Lewis-Ragland, MD
Children’s Health Center at THEARC; Clinical Pediatrician and Bariatrician
GW School of Health Sciences; Assistant Professor
Bridging The Gap Services, Medical Director

This roundtable will discuss how to engage in a meaningful relationship with historically marginalized populations in Washington, D.C.

Attendees will learn to:

  • List specific Washington, D.C. wards disproportionately impacted by health inequities;
  • Practice how to interpret health disparity data in ways that don't pathologize and stigmatize vulnerable populations; and
  • Recognize what it means to establish meaningful relationships with diverse patients and communities.

Health Workforce Equity
Candice Chen, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, GW Milken Institute of Public Health

This roundtable will highlight the need for a diverse health workforce through pipeline programs and increased funding for underutilized professions such as community based health workers and doulas. Attendees will learn to:

  • Define health workforce equity;
  • Explain how a diverse health workforce contributes to health equity; and
  • Describe the importance of promoting and funding underutilized health professions to combat health disparities.

11:05-11:15am Break
11:15-12:05pm Roundtable, Part II.

Enhancing Health Literacy
Kathleen A. Thoma, EdD, CCRP, CPH
Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Research Administration Undergraduate Program

This roundtable will discuss the importance of health literacy and how it impacts health equity, health behavior, health status, and access to healthcare. The educational, social and structural roots of health literacy will be addressed along with a discussion of which groups are more vulnerable to lower levels of health literacy. Strategies to enhance health literacy will be discussed. Attendees will learn to:

  • Define health literacy and how it impacts health equity, health behavior, health status, and access to healthcare.
  • Identify the educational, social and structural components of health literacy and how differences in these factors can impact disparities in health literacy.
  • Describe some strategies that healthcare professionals, educators and policymakers can use to enhance health literacy among their patients, programs, communications and policies.

Social Determinants of Mental Health:
Regina Moss Davis, PhD, MPH, MCHS
Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association Public Health Policy and Practice

This roundtable will offer tools on how to teach and research the mental health aspects of the social determinants. Attendees will learn to:

  • Describe how the social determinants of health include mental health; and
  • Identify how to use empirical evidence in the classroom and scholarship to highlight the critical roles of social norms and public policies in shaping mental health outcomes.

12:05-12:20pm Lunch

12:25-1:25pm Health Equity Systems Approach- What is it?
This panel will discuss how academic medical centers work with public health and community partners to improve health across rural and urban America, and beyond.

Moderator: Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy
Scientific Affairs
Association of American Medical Colleges

Criminal Justice Health Initiative
Newton Kendig, MD, GW Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Correctional Health Administration Program, GW SMHS

Innovative DC Ward 7 and 8 Partnerships- Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine
Marissa McKeever, Esq., Director of Government and Community Affairs
Mary Blackford, Ward 7 resident and Founder, Market 7

Funding Interdisciplinary Health Equity Efforts
Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, MA, Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research-Evaluation-Learning

Equitable Systems Of Care Within The Context Of National Health Reform Goals
Chris King, PhD, FACHE, Georgetown University Chair/Master’s Program Director of Health Systems

10-1:30pm Closing Charge

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.