Fifth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities

Reducing Health Disparities Through Strengthening and Sustaining Healthy Communities

November 30 - December 3, 2011, Charleston, SC

Day One November 30, 2011

2:00 pm

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Forum – Program Coordinator: Dr. Janeen P. Witty, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Benedict College, Columbia, SC

7:00 pm

Opening Reception: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC

Day Two December 1, 2011

8:45 am

Opening Remarks: Host Institutions

9:15 am

Keynote Address: First Lady Michelle Obama (Invited)

10:00 am

Break

10:30 am

Presentation: Dr. John Ruffin, Director, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD): Status Report

12:00 noon

Opening Remarks and Introduction of Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Luncheon Speaker: Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Twenty-first Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Invited)

1:30 pm

Panel One: The impact of social determinants in reducing health disparities and sustaining healthy communities with a major focus on race, poverty, education, and environmental issues

Moderator:
Dr. David E. Rivers, Assistant Professor and Public Information and Community Outreach Director, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Panelist:
Dr. Nadine Burke, Clinic Medical Director, Bayview Child Health Center, San Francisco, CA

Panelist:
Mr. Steve Suitts, Vice President, Southern Education Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Panelist:
Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Vice President for Programs, Food, Health & Well-Being, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Panelist:
Dr. Robert S. Ogilvie, Program Director, Healthy Places, Oakland, CA

2:45 pm

Break

3:00 pm

Panel Two: Translational research with proven results in reducing health disparities

Moderator:
Dr. Virginia Davis Floyd, Associate Professor, Clinical Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Director, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), School of Community Health Feasibility Study, Atlanta, GA

Panelist:
Dr. Keith Norris, Professor of Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Principal Investigator for Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network, Associate Dean for Translational Science at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Panelist:
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Director for the Center for Health Disparities Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Panelist:
Dr. Georgia Dunston, Director, National Human Genom Center, Washington, DC

Panelist:
Dr. Russell Glasgow, Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD (Invited)

Day Three December 2, 2011

8:45 am

Opening Remarks and Introduction: TBA

9:00 am

Keynote Address: Ms. Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent, Cable News Network (CNN), Atlanta, GA (Invited)

10:15 am

Panel Three: Public health as a priority in reducing health disparities with a major focus on program and workforce development

Moderator:
Dr. Marla J. Gold, Dean, Drexel University, School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA

Panelist:
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC

Panelist:
Dr. Saundra H. Glover, Director, Associate Dean for Health Disparities and Social Justice; Associate Professor, Health Services Policy and Management, Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Panelist:
Dr. Marjorie Innocent, Senior Director of Research & Programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC

Panelist:
Dr. Debra Joy Perez, Interim Assistant Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ

11:45 am

Panel Four: Prevention and personal responsibility as a major theme in reducing health disparities and sustaining healthy communities

Moderator:
Dr. Lisa F. Waddell, Deputy Commissioner for Health Services, SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, Columbia, SC

Panelist:
Ms. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alexandria, VA

Panelist:
Dr. Jeffrey Levi, Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health, Washington, DC

Panelist:
Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist, Co-Founder and Executive Director, SC HIV/AIDS Council, Columbia, SC

Panelist:
Ms. Maria Pajil Battle, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Philadelphia, PA

1:00 pm

Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable James E. Clyburn, House Democratic Assistant Leader, U.S. Congress, Sixth District, South Carolina

1:45 pm

Panel Five: Successful community-based programs for sustaining and strengthening healthy communities

Moderator:
Dr. Sabra C. Slaughter, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Panelist:
Dr. Deborah O. Erwin, Director, Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, Co-Founder of The Witness Project, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Panelist:
Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Ph.D., MBA, MHA, Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Panelist:
Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis, Professor and Director, National Council of La Raza, The Center for Latino Community, California State University Long Beach Foundation, Long Beach, CA

Panelist:
Dr. Ida J. Spruill, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Panelist:
Dr. Raeford Brown, Associate Professor, Developmental & Social Psychology, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL (Invited)

3:00 pm

Break

3:30 pm

Panel Six: The importance of the private sector in reducing health disparities

Moderator:
Dr. Calvin B. Johnson, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Philadelphia, PA

Panelist:
Mr. Michael A. Rashid, President and Chief Executive Officer, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, Philadelphia, PA

Panelist:
Mr. Osagie Imasogie, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures, LLC, Philadelphia, PA (Invited)

Panelist:
Mr. R. Donahue Peebles, Chief Executive Officer, The Peebles Corporation, Coral Gables, FL

Panelist:
Mr. Thomas H. Graham, President, Pepco, Washington,DC (Invited)

Day Four December 3, 2011

8:45 am

Opening Remarks: TBA

9:00 am

Panel Seven: A roundtable discussion with state and local leaders on reducing health disparities

Moderator:
Ms. Mee Moua, Former Minnesota State Senator, Vice President of Strategic Impact Initiatives, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Washington, DC

Panelist:
The Honorable Patrick S. Sprauve, Senator, Chair of the Health Committee, Twenty-eighth Legislature, USVI

Panelist:
The Honorable Iris Y. Martinez, Senator, Illinois State Senate, Twentieth Legislative District, Chicago, IL (Invited)

Panelist:
The Honorable David J. Mack, III, South Carolina House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth District, Charleston, SC

Panelist:
The Honorable Jack Jackson, Jr., Senator, Arizona State Legislature, Second District, Phoenix, AZ

10:30 am

Opening Remarks and Introduction of Speaker: TBA

Keynote Address: The Honorable Daniel Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator, Hawaii (Invited)

11:15 am

Panel Eight: A roundtable discussion with Congressional leaders on health care and the reduction of health disparities

Moderator:
The Honorable Donna Christensen, MD, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair, U.S. Congress, VI

Panelist:
The Honorable Barbara Lee, Health Care Task Force Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, U.S. Congress, Ninth District, CA

Panelist:
The Honorable Michael Honda, Past Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, U.S. Congress, Fifteenth District, CA

Panelist:
The Honorable Donald Payne, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, U.S. Congress, Tenth District, NJ

Panelist:
The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, Health Task Force Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S. Congress, Thirty-fourth District, CA (Invited)

Panelist:
The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Member, U.S. Congress, Seventh District, AZ (Invited)

12:30 pm

Closing Remarks: The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Congress, Fifth District, Georgia