Health Disparities Seminar Series: Community Partnerships to Reduce Health Disparities

Please join us for this inaugural seminar series sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute in partnership with the College of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Social Work Community Learning Lab.

Health Disparities: Promoting Local and Global Health Equity is IHSI's newest program area. We are working closely with faculty, administration, and community partners to identify, expand, and support new research and community-based initiatives to reduce health disparities. 

Community Partnerships to Reduce Health Disparities features three community partnerships in the areas of increasing food security, improving maternal health outcomes, and advancing early childhood health. We invite all community members, students, staff, and faculty to attend these exciting seminars in an effort to make our community and nation a healthier and more equitable place. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated. 


Session 1: Addressing Food Insecurity through Community Engagement

Speakers: Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy and Traci Simmons, Feeding America

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Session 2: Patient-Centered Practice Informs Community-Based Health Research: The Development of I. D. E. A. to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4 p.m. 5 p.m.
Heritage Room: ACES Library

Speakers: Karen Tabb Dina, School of Social Work; Brandon Meline, Champaign Urbana Public Health District, CUPHD; David Huang, College of Education

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Session 3: What is the Role of Health Care Systems in Reducing Disparity? A Conversation About the Healthy Beginnings Initiative and Improving Community Health through Cross-Sector Partnerships
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 4 p.m. 5 p.m.
Monsanto Multimedia Studio; ACES Library

Speaker: Julianna Sellett, Vice President Community Health Initiatives, The Carle Foundation

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