Dr. Toni Miles MD PhD, Director, Institue of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Georgia
Title: Time does not heal all wounds. Public health aspects of grief
Brian D. Smedley, VP & Director, Health Policy Institute-Joint Ctr. for Political & Economic Studies in Washington, DC
Title: Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity: Beyond the Affordable Care Act Abstract: Racial and ethnic health inequities persist from the cradle to the grave, in the form of higher rates of infant mortality, disease and disability, and premature mortality for many communities of color relative to national averages. These inequities contribute to higher health care costs, but also carry a heavy economic burden for the nation, estimated to be as much as $1.24 trillion in direct health care costs and indirect costs associated with reduced productivity and lost wages and tax revenue. The causes of these inequities are complex, but are associated with differences in socioeconomic status, environmental risks and exposures, occupational exposures, health behaviors, and access to health care. At their core, many of these factors can be traced to historic and contemporary discrimination and differences in neighborhood and work environments that are the result of residential segregation and other structural inequities. This presentation explores how neighborhood and community contexts directly and indirectly shape health and contribute to health inequities as a result of racial and ethnic residential segregation. The presentation will also feature a discussion of policy strategies that de-concentrate poverty, reduce the geographic concentration of health risks, and increase investments in health-enhancing resources in communities that suffer from disinvestment.
Yessenia Castro, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Title: Psychosocial Mechanishms of Smoking Abstinence Abstract: Dr. Castro will describe prominent theoretical models linking psychosocial variables to health behavior and drug use, and present recent empirical work testing specific aspects of these models. Study 1 examines mechanisms linking socioeconomic status to smoking postpartum smoking relapse among women seeking relapse prevention counseling. Study 2 examines the reciprocal relationships among five intrapersonal determinants of smoking cessation in a diverse sample of smokers in cessation counseling.
Jane Champion, PhD, DNP, MSN, MA, FNP, AH-PMH-CNS, FAAN, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
Title: Ethical Frameworks for Translation of Community-Based Behavioral Interventions within Diverse Healthcare Settings Abstract: Community-based behavioral risk-reduction interventions specifically designed for adolescents and focused on reduction in interpersonal violence, substance use, unintended pregnancy and STI/HIV and health promotion are indicated internationally. Psycho-educational workshops and individualized and group psychotherapeutic interventions are recommended. These clinical casesoften involve ethical issues concerning patient privacy and legitimate breaches of confidentiality that can potentially harm the individual. These issues underscore the need to incorporate ethical analysis into relevant community-based interventions. Identification of practical steps for application of an ethical framework for utilization in translation of behavioral interventions in different communities and global settings is indicated. An ethical framework utilizing concepts of casuistry, or case-based reasoning was applied for development of taxonomy of cases for community-based behavioral interventions for ethnic minority adolescent women. The process for deductive application of casuistry for ethical analysis of actual cases wasused to characterize personal and collective risk profiles of ethnic minority adolescent women with STI and abuse history. Each case was compared to other cases as to similarity and dissimilarity, thereby augmenting the taxonomy of cases on which therapeutic interventions with similar situations can be dealt. Facts from these contextually complex cases were logically and systematically organized, adding depth and meaning to the analysis. To have negated the concrete particulars in these cases, as would be necessary in using a more principled, or rules-based ethical approach, would potentially have been inappropriate with resultant increased psychological distress for the adolescent women. These cases exemplified the complexity of situations often encountered by clinicians conducting behavioral interventions within different community and global healthcare settings. Integration of applicable ethicalframeworks for translation of community-based behavioral interventions for health disparity reduction is indicated.
Bo Xie, PhD, Associate Professor, Ed & Molly Smith Centennial Fellow in Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, School of Information
Title: Understanding & Promoting eHealth Literacy Among the Older Population Abstract: Recently, information and communication technologies have increasingly been used in health care. This wide-scale technology adoption presents both new opportunities and challenges for developing and implementing health literacy interventions for older adults. In particular, as government agencies like the NIH are increasingly putting health information online, the Internet has already become an important source of such information. However, older adults tend to have low eHealth literacy, impeding their use of new technology for health-related purposes. Effective interventions are needed to help older adults take advantage of the rich online health resources. This presentation first introduces the significance and consequences of eHealth illiteracy among older adults, then discusses two specific approaches to address this eHealth illiteracy crisis. These include the lifelong learning of technology approach that aims to promote older adults’ eHealth literacy through lifelong learning and the senior-friendly design approach that aims to make the technology easier to use by older adults.
Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Professor, Univerisity of Minesota School of Nursing, Affiliate Fellow, University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics, Director, Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality
Title: The Omaha System: A tool for high stakes health promotion research
Abstract: New tools are needed to address the gap in knowledge of health promotion intervention effectiveness. This presentation will demonstrate the use of standardized public health nursing data in health promotion research. Four studies that exemplify the opportunities to expand research using PHN data will be presented: a descriptive study of PHN interventions (data mining); a comparative study of client health literacy by race/ethnicity; a comparative study of services and outcomes for adult and adolescent Latina mothers; and a visualization study of client and intervention data.
Vicky Coffe-Fletcher, M.Ed, LPC, Program Officer for Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, The University of Texas at Austin
Special Presentation - WEBINAR: Disparities in Mental Health Abstract: While disparities in healthcare are well known, mental health care is often times overlooked. Yet, one in four individuals will experience a mental health condition during his or her lifetime. In communities of color, individuals are less likely to seek mental health treatment for a variety of reasons. Stigma about mental health conditions, lack of access to culturally and linguistically competent service providers and mistrust of the health care system prevent minority populations from seeking the care they need. This session will address some of these barriers as well as offer some solutions to advance wellness in underserved populations.
Matthew Brothers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Education, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Low-level Inflammation & Cardiovascular/Metabolic Risk in Children Abstract: The obesity epidemic is rapidly affecting a greater percentage of younger children and adult populations. Within the past three decades obesity in this population has tripled such that in the United States alone one third of children younger than 18 are overweight and/or obese. Childhood obesity increases the risk for cardiovascular (CV) and metabolic diseases including hypertension, coronary disease, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, sleep apnea etc. as adults. There is growing evidence that cardiovascular pathology begins in childhood and is correlated with a variety of factors including lifestyle behaviors, physical activity and/or body mass index. This presentation will detail results from preliminary studies in young children (8 - 12 yrs old) which suggest that a variety of lifestyle behaviors contribute to impaired cardiovascular function which is also linked to impaired cognitive performance on a variety of tasks.
Title: NEA & NIH Co-host Live Webinar on New Funding Opportunity on Culture & Health
Abstract: Webinar will focus on new funding opportunity on the arts and social sciences from the National Institutes of Health
Lorraine Walker, RN, EdD, MPH, FAAN, Director, St. David’s CHPR, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
Title: 2013 - 2014 Pilot Research Grants: Pre-Proposal Workshop
Abstract: A workshop for UT-Austin tenured/tenure-track faculty interested in applying for $25,000 for health promotion related research activities (collection of data, data analysis, etc.)
Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS, and Aida L. Giachello, PhD
Title: Minority Health Project, University of N. Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health: 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast
Conference Information: For more information visit Minority Health Project website. Presented By: "Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice" by Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
“Diabetes among American Indians: A Case Study in Moving from Health Disparities to Health Equity” by Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS
“Addressing Social Determinants through CBPAR for Community & System Change” by Aida L. Giachello, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin: Heather Becker, PhD
School of Nursing and Michael Mackert, PhD
Department of Advertising
Title: Technology and Health: An open forum and networking opportunity Information: An open forum and networking for faculty, graduate students, affiliates and friends of St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Underserved Populations (St. David’s CHPR) who are interested in technology and health. Because of St. David’s CHPR mission focused on health of underserved populations, we will also explore interests from this perspective.
Ana V. Diez-Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, professor and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology & Population Health, University of Michigan
Title: 14th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture, 33rd Annual Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Conference Theme: Translational Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity
Conference Information: For more information visit Minority Student Caucus website. Presented By: The Minority Student Caucus, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Dr. Michael Mackert, PhD and Ms. Marie Guadagno, PhD Graduate Student, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Advertising
Title: e-Health: What are your Patients Talking About when They’re Not with You? Abstract:e-Health, the provision of healthcare services via the Internet and related technologies, opens up new and exciting opportunities to improve healthcare delivery and research. This presentation will cover a range of e-health applications, with a particular focus on the use of online communities to inform efforts to develop new measurement instruments, understand public perceptions of health literacy, and improve the way public health recommendations are communicated to the public.
Dr. Kristopher Arheart, EDD, Dept. Epidemiology & Public Health, Division of Biostatistics, University of Miami, FL
Title: Tips on Data Analysis & Presentation in Medical Journals Abstract: Dr. Arheart has extensive experience in analyzing data and reporting statistical analyses for articles that have appeared in prestigious medical journals. He is conversant in a wide number of statistical methods, including hierarchical linear models (HLM). ST. David's CHPR is honored to have him lead a conversation about the challenges and rewards when conducting and writing up data analysis for medical journals.
Dr. Lynn Rew, EDD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
Title: Is the Safety Net Big Enough and Strong Enough for Homeless Youth? Abstract: An estimated 750,000-2 million youth (adolescents and emerging adults) are homeless in the U.S.; 150,000 of them are in Texas. These young people leave home for a variety of reasons ranging from a desire for independence to parental abuse and neglect. Once they make their homes on the street, in a car, or under a bridge, they face innumerable challenges to their health and well-being. This presentation will address the variety of challenges to the physical and mental health of Texas youth who are homeless and review findings from a recent study of Texas youth who identified challenges and made suggestions for changing policies and providing resources that could serve as a larger and stronger safety net for this vulnerable population. Event Video: Below you will find the event video. Give the video time to download before playback. Click on the play button below to start the video. You will need QuickTime Player to view the video. Click here to install QuickTime Player.
Graham McDougall, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FGSA, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
Brain Health: Promises and Challenges in an Aging America
October 26, 2011
Richard Kurz, PhD, Chair, Healthy Babies Expert Panel; Evelyn Delgado, Asst. Commissioner for Family & Community Health Services, DSHS; Michael Speer, MD, Prof. of Pediatrics & Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine & Incoming President of the TX Medical Association
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Grand Rounds - Webinar: Healthy Texas Babies Initiative: An Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Infant Mortality in Texas http://extra.dshs.state.tx.us/grandrounds/
October 21, 2011
Sharon Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
20 Years of Research in the Rio Grande Valley: Lessons Learned in Community Research
September 9, 2011
Lorraine Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAN
What do Women Want? New Mothers’ Health Promotion Interests and Use of Communication Technologies
July 15, 2011
Misha Vaughan, PhD, Architect, Applications User Experience, Oracle USA, Redwood Shores, CA
Chimpanzees, Rocket Ships, and Mind Reading: Three Things You Need to Know about Internet Health Promotion Interventions
June 7, 2011
UNC-CH, Minority Health Project: 17th Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health