Pres. Bush cabinet member a keynote speaker at ASU's National Health Conference | Health
MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama State University will host and co-sponsor the 14th annual HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) & HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) Health Services Research Conference on Friday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the J. Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom on campus.
This year’s theme is “HBCU and HSI Researchers Engaging Communities in Innovative Health Interventions: Protect, Prevent, Live Well.”
The conference, co-sponsored by the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities, will examine the existing disparate health status among African-Americans and Hispanic Americans through the ongoing research efforts of minority investigators, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Health Services Research Grants Program.
The Hon. Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former member of President Bush's cabinet (secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D., director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will be the keynote speakers.
"I am excited that this conference will allow ASU to showcase the health disparities research of minority investigators from HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Plus, with Dr. Sullivan and Dr. LaVeist as keynote speakers, I'm sure the conference will exceed everyone's expectations," said Dr. Bernadette Williams-York, ASU conference project coordinator and associate dean, College of Health Sciences.
Investigators from HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions will present information about their research studies in the areas of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, obesity, cardiovascular disease and health care access and utilization.
Conference participants include minority researchers, representatives from federal, state and local health departments, community-based health organizations, foundations, health services investigators, majority institutions, graduate students and-health related associations.
The National HBCU Research Network promotes opportunities that increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop and conduct quality health services research and outreach activities that address the health needs of African-Americans and other underserved populations.
Registration is $25, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Registration is limited to the first 250 who complete registration. For more information and to register, go to the HBCU Research Network website at www.hbcuresearchnetwork.org. You also can call Dr. Bernadette Williams-York, associate dean, ASU’s College of Health Sciences, at 334-229- 5053 for information about the conference.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University