What works, what hurts in public health

Oct. 21 Institute of Public Health symposium will focus on eliminating health disparities

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis will host a symposium titled “What Hurts, What Works, and What Have We Learned in Eliminating Health Disparities” from 8 a.m. until noon Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus.

Keynote speaker is Cara V. James, PhD, director of the Disparities Policy Project and director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. James will speak about “Health Reform and its Potential Impact on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.”

James is responsible for the Kaiser Family Foundation’s portfolio of work on a broad array of health and access to care issues for racial and ethnic minority populations.

Following the keynote address, symposium participants are invited to participate in breakout sessions, “Four Winnable Battles in Health Care Disparities.” Topics will center on obesity, tobacco use, teen violence and teen sexuality.

Each session will feature three panelists discussing:

  • An overview of the issue, status of interventions and challenges;
  • Community-based programs that are working; and
  • Public policy and its potential impact on reducing disparities.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information about the event and WUSTL’s Institute for Public Health, visit publichealth.wustl.edu/.

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