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2014 Pennsylvania Health Equity Conference

Radisson Convention Center, 1550 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA

Aug. 21 and 22, 2014



 Executive Report

2014 Health Equity Conference Materials


Health Equity for Practitioners: A practical approach on culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), best practices, common barriers, and ways to adopt and implement in health and healthcare settings

General Session 1

Health literacy: The scope of health literacy, an overview of techniques for enhancing patient/provider oral and written communication, and an analysis of challenges and opportunities to enhance health literacy across Pennsylvania

General Session 2

Maternal and child health: The impact of cultural competence on clinicians’ and patients’ outcomes

Evidence-based “tools” used to address healthcare disparities of people from multicultural backgrounds and LEP – Dr. Oralia Garcia Dominic, Health Equity and Quality Services, Highmark BlueShield

Workshop A

Cultural competence and workforce development in academic medical centers – Dr. Deborah Davis, director for diversity, inclusion and employment equity, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center  

Cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in healthcare facilities to reduce health disparities – Barbara Terry, vice president of diversity and mission effectiveness, Pinnacle Health System

Workshop B

Diversity and mental health: The myth and severity of mental health Illness in the United States and the importance of culturally and linguistically competent approaches in serving vulnerable and unrepresented populations

Review experiences and barriers in serving immigrant and refugee communities, evaluate best practices in preparing providers for their encounters with this emerging client population and analyze the application of community-based behavioral health programming

Workshop C

The Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program: An overview of the demographic, disease prevalence and trends of refugee arrival, clinical assessments and outcomes of the Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program and disease prevalence in refugees

Workshop D

Role that healthcare providers can play in helping to promote healthy eating and physical activity among immigrants – Dr. Abi Fapohunda, Dr.PH., M.P.H., M.S., consultant epidemiologist/evaluator, FOB Group LLC, public health services

Accountable care best practices to prevent chronic diseases and address health disparities – Dr. Renu Joshi, M.D., chief of endocrinology, Pinnacle Health System


August 22, 2014

General Session 4

Enhanced national CLAS standards: Legal and human resource considerations

The national CLAS standards: Analysis, discussion and recommendations for the adoption and implementation of the national CLAS standa

Workshop A

The context of rural location and its implications for access to healthcare services and health status: An analysis of populations defined by their geographic location

Chronic disease management in rural and urban Pennsylvania 

Workshop B   

An overview of a systems-level medical interpreter training model: synopsis of interpreter roles and responsibilities, interpreter code of ethics; real-world organizational protocols and best practices for treating patients through an interpreter; the transcendent importance of cultural competence in offering qualified medical interpretation 

Workshop C   

How to utilize culturally competent practices and assist health care and social service providers to understand and grasp the terminology, complexity of barriers and challenges facing LGBT persons accessing health care   

 LGBTQI – Inclusive, culturally competent practices for healthcare professionals: Dealing with minority stress, the effect of coming out and how to create inclusive welcoming environments 

Workshop D   

Cultural competence as a tool to reduce chronic diseases and its effect on health disparities: An approach on how to work effectively with ethnically diverse communities, faiths and populations with special needs – Evelyn Gonzalez, senior director, Fox Chase Cancer Center

 Influence of race and ethnicity in addressing health disparities of people with disabilities     

Workshop E

Strategies in addressing health disparities: The impact of the MHIDR Act of 2012 and its promising practices in addressing health disparities 


 Health disparities associated with chronic hepatitis B infection in immigrant populations, particularly the Asian Pacific Islander and African communities – Chari Cohen, M.P.H., DrPH(c), director of public health, Hepatitis B Foundation

General Session 5 (Keynote Speaker)

The business case for health disparities – Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions