2014 Health Equity Conference

Conference Agenda

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

(Registration 8:30 a.m.)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Pre-Conference (optional session)

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

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. General Session #1 (Lunch 11:30 a.m. - noon)

Presenters: Dr. James Plumb and Dr. Rickie Brawer

How Health Literacy Approaches Can Help to Reduce Health Disparities; How Health Information Can be Presented in a Way that is Accurate, Accessible and Actionable

·         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 – James Plumb, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Urban Health and professor in the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Rickie Brawer, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director of the Center for Urban Health

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. General Session #2

Presenters: Dr. Jeannette South-Paul and Dr. Oralia Garcia Dominic

The Impact of Cultural Competence on Clinicians and How it Affects Limited English Proficient (LEP) Populations and Patients’ Outcomes in General

·         Maternal and child health: The impact of cultural competence on clinicians’ and patients’ outcomes – Dr. Jeannette South-Paul, medical director for community health services and chair of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences

·         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

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Workshops

Workshop A

Presenters: Dr. Deborah Davis and Dr. Barbara Terry. Moderator: Bob Richardson, director, Bureau of Health Planning

Focusing on the Role of Healthcare Providers and Medical Schools in Reducing Health Disparities

·         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

Presenters: Ruth S. Moore and Melissa Fogg

Addressing Mental Health, Behavioral Health and Best Practices in Serving Underserved Communities

·         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 – Ruth S. Moore, director of business development, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

·         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 – Melissa Fogg, Philadelphia refugee mental health collaborative

Workshop C

Presenters: Dr. Asresu Misikir, Susan Johnston and Krista Baney

Refugee Health in Pennsylvania

·         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 – Dr. Asresu Misikir, Susan Johnston and Krista Baney, Pa. Department of Health

Workshop D

Presenters: Dr. Abi Fapohunda and Dr. Renu Joshi

Cultural Competence and Its Impact on Chronic Diseases and Ways to Reduce Its Effect on Health Disparities

·         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

5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Reception

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. General Session #3 (Dinner – Networking Event/International Experience)

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. General Session #4 (Breakfast 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)

Presenters: Marvin L. Weinberg, Esq., and Dr. Rashida Dorsey

Panel Discussion – National CLAS Standards

·         Enhanced national CLAS standards: Legal and human resource considerations – Marvin L. Weinberg, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP

·         The national CLAS standards: Analysis, discussion and recommendations for the adoption and implementation of the national CLAS standards – Dr. Rashida Dorsey, Ph.D., director of the Division of Policy and Data, Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Educational Workshops

Workshop A

Presenters: Lisa Davis and Dr. Eugene Lengerich

Rural and Urban Health: Lessons Learned and the Impact of Geographic Locations in Addressing Health Disparities

·         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 – Lisa Davis, director and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

·         Chronic disease management in rural and urban Pennsylvania – Dr. Eugene Lengerich, Penn State University

Workshop B

Presenter: Claire Jones

Beyond Compliance: Building Capacity through Medical Interpreter Training (Health Federation of Philadelphia)

·         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 – Claire Jones, program manager, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Workshop C

Presenters: Nurit Shein and Ginny Dikeman

How to Better Understand Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI) Population for Healthcare Professionals and Ways to Create CLAS

·         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 – Nurit Shein, chief executive officer, Mazzoni Center

·         LGBTQI – Inclusive, culturally competent practices for healthcare professionals: Dealing with minority stress, the effect of coming out and how to create inclusive welcoming environments – Ginny Dikeman, Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Workshop D

Presenters: Evelyn Gonzalez and Stanley Holbrook

CLAS Standards in Addressing Chronic Diseases in People with Disabilities and Communities from Diverse Backgrounds

·         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 – Stanley Holbrook, Principal of S.A. Holbrook and Associates, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Workshop E

Presenters:  Chari Cohen and Arlee Gist/Dr. David Mann

Lessons Learned in Addressing Health Disparities, Disparities Associated with Hepatitis B and the Maryland Health Improvement Disparities Reduction (MHIDR) Act

·         Strategies in addressing health disparities: The impact of the MHIDR Act of 2012 and its promising practices in addressing health disparities – Arlee Gist/Dr. David Mann, Maryland State OMH and 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

11:45 a.m. - noon Break

Noon - 1:30 p.m. General Session #5 (Lunch and Keynote Speaker)

Presenter: Thomas A. LaVeist

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

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. General Session #6

Health Equity in the Commonwealth of Pa. - Building Community Capacity

·         In this final interactive session, conference presenters, attendees, facilitators, providers and community leaders will share insight regarding lessons learned (what works, what does not work and best practices in exploring, adopting and implementing effective strategies) for eliminating healthcare disparities in their respective communities

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wrap-up and Evaluations