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Saturday, March 24 at 8:30-9:30am

Developing Licensed Practical Nurses from Within

Presenter(s): Lisa D. Clark,

The Adult Licensed Practical Nursing Programs, at the Brooklyn Adult and Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Centers, in New York City share a long standing reputation for rigorous courses of study, boosting the careers of many health professionals. This paper session proposes to examine the results of a partnership between the Health and Hospitals Corporation and the Adult Practical Nursing Programs in New York City, to address the nursing shortage in New York City. Results were a dramatic increase in the number of Licensed Practical Nurses, prepared to meet certification requirements and earn credits towards the Associate's Degree. These completers were then supported in their successful completion of the Bachelors' Degree as they studied to become registered nurses.

Establishing Formal Alliances between Minority-Serving Academic Institutions and Predominantly White Health Science Centers

Presenter(s): Louis W. Sullivan,

A major national challenge is to accelerate the numbers of healthcare professionals who are from racially/ethnically diverse populations. Formal academic Alliances between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and predominantly white health science education centers may provide one solution to this problem. The Virginia-Nebraska Alliance, composed of 12 academic institutions, was founded in 2004 and has a promising track-record in the production of qualified and committed pre-professionals and junior faculty from racially diverse backgrounds.

 

Saturday, March 24 at 9:45-10:45am

Fostering the Academic Health and Professional Well Being of Black Faculty through Collaborative Publications

Presenter(s): Ruby Beale, Ulysses J. Brown

The objective of this session is to identify the potential barriers that undermine the development of collaboration and to share best practices which provide the audience with practical ideas and strategies that facilitate the process and progress towards successful publications.

Where extrensic meets intrinsic motivation: An investigation of what drives underrepresented minority students to persist in pre-health careers

Presenter(s): Constance Tucker, Denise Winsor

A qualitative study was conducted to explore the social and academic experiences of Black students to understand motivation as it relates to self-determination theory. This session will discuss four major themes that help to explain the experiences and role of cognitive motivation in Black students' health career persistence.

Essentialism vs. Social Construction? Moving beyond the monolith of collegiate teaching and discourse about African American sexual expression.

Presenter(s): James C. Wadley,

Educators often find themselves making broad generalizations about African American sexuality and fail to highlight the continuum of how persons of African descent think, feel, and behave. Cognitive, affective, and behavioral diversity is typically replaced by monolithic and reductionistic discourse. Using essentialism and social construction as a lens, the presenter will shed light upon reframing sexuality instruction in collegiate classrooms.

One Strategic Approach to Achieving Community Wellness

Presenter(s): Sheila J. Webb, John Wilson

The Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans was a poster child for challenges to post disaster response and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was and still is one of the more economically supressed areas of the city and also experienced the greatest amount of devastation from the storm. Six years after the disaster, this community lags far behind the rest of the city in re-population, rebuilding, economic development and quality of life. This session informs participants of hte strategies undertaken by Dillard University's Minority Health and Health Disparities research Center in supporting the Lower Ninth Ward in its efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

African American Initiative: A Culturally Responsive California State Univeristy-Community Collaboration Project

Presenter(s): Horace Mitchell, Anthony Ross

A healthy community is one that embraces the belief that health is more than merely an absence of disease; a healthy community includes those elements that enable people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity. This session presents an innovative university-community collaborative model, that ultimately seeks to support community and faith-based organizations in their efforts to develop and empower future college educated African-American leaders in the fields of math and science.

Mentoring in Medicine and Science: Pipeline to Profession

Presenter(s): Lynne Holden, Christopher Emdin

-Identify and address the unique challenges of black students, parents and urban educators creatively in order to increase the number of competitive applicants and graduates from institutions of higher education in science and health.

 

Saturday, March 24 at 11:00am-12:00pm

Financial Literacy as a Possible Intervention Strategy to Improve Health Outcomes in African American

Presenter(s): Ruby Beale,

The objectives of this session include exploring the mechanisms by which low financial literacy may contribute to health disparities, presenting a conceptual framework for how enhancing financial literacy may improve health outcome; and lastly, describing multidisciplinary approaches to improving comprehension and the relevancy of fiscal issues to low-income Black populations.

The Health Implications of Navagating the Double Bind in Higher Education

Presenter(s): Kimberly Kendricks, Lillie P. Howard

This presentation will discuss the double bind of being black and female in higher education, sharing the resulting health-related experiences of two African American women-one, a former administrator at a predominately white institution; the other, a mathematician at a historically black institution. The presenters, who are also mother and daughter, will offer suggestions for maintaining optimum health while successfully navigating the double bind.

The Public Health Institute: Preparing Underrepresented Minority Students for Careers in Public Health

Presenter(s): Cynthia Trawick,

The Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI) is an academic program at Morehouse College designed to train minority students for entry into graduate and professional programs, and subsequently, careers in public health.

Education for the Chronically Ill

Presenter(s): Donna Dixon,

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Teaching the Hidden Curriculum of College

Presenter(s): Mary Honore Tucker, Shane Barker

There are aspects of the higher education system that are inherent to that culture and that are less identifiable than study skills, time management skills, and so forth. In this presentation, we will help faculty/staff members become familiar with the concept of a hidden curriculum, identify the hidden curriculum of their own campus, and, most importantly, use this knowledge to make a significant difference in the success of African American students in health-related professions.
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