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Friday, March 23 at 8:30-9:30am

Using Qualitative Inquiry to Assess Chronic Pain and Provide Improved Healthcare Outcomes

Presenter(s): Maxine Adegbola,

Healthcare providers (HCP) play an important role by using qualitative inquiry, in addition to other evaluative techniques, to capture the lived experience of the individual with pain. Chronic pain is the major complication of sickle cell disease. Unfortunately, this condition is inadequately studied, ill-defined and poorly managed. Like other chronic pain syndromes, it is necessary to understand the patient's perspective to best manage care and to teach individuals to appropriately self-manage. A holistic approach includes the life experience, as described by individuals and so offers significant benefits. HCP can institute these research findings to offer better chronic pain care

The Impact of School Consolidation/Annexation on the Health and Welfare of Black Communities

Presenter(s): Linda Blake, Judge Larry, Jr.

The primary purpose of this session is to examine the psychological, sociological, cultural, educational, and economic impact that school consolidation/annexation had on two rural African American communities in Arkansas. Another purpose is to provide some recommendations on how African American communities can be more proactive and engaged during and after the consolidation aftermath. Our mixed methods study examined the impact of Act 60 on two predominantly rural African American school districts who chose to annex the 2004-2005 academic year to prevent the state of Arkansas from choosing a partner for them. Twenty stakeholders were interviewed for the study including board members, administrators, teachers, and students.

Community Dwelling Seniors Perceptions of Aging & Healthcare experience

Presenter(s): Charlene Lane,

The phenomenon of ageism (the perceptions of individuals based solely on their chronological age) may have a role in the level of medical care seniors receive. Ageism can work in two ways: health care professionals can harbor and act on ageist attitudes, and seniors too can ascribe to ageist beliefs, which may influence their interactions with their health care providers. This presentation will expound on the extent to which seniors internalize ageist beliefs and attitudes, and the relationship of these to their health care providers visits.

Association Between Availability of an On-Site Workplace Wellness Program, Physical Activity, and Nutrition among African American Employees

Presenter(s): Tyra Norris-Ellis,

The purpose is to discuss the importance of African American participation in workplace wellness programs. An unhealthy workforce is at risk for many chronic diseases as a result of obesity. African Americans employees tend to suffer at the highest rates of obesity resulting in chronic illnesses that kill Americans. The objective is to discuss why African American employees suffer from obesity and what can be done to reverse this epidemic.

A University College Wellness Initative

Presenter(s): Karen Mathews, Greta Winbush

CSU developed University College (UC), a student-centered unit charged with providing the structure and support needed to enable all first-time freshmen and transfer students to successfully transition into the University and then into the college of their declared major, regardless of their academic preparation. A unique aspect of the CSU University College is its emphasis on wellness as a key intervention targeted towards improved retention, course completion, and graduation rates for African American college students.


Friday, March 23 at 9:45-10:45am

Using Technology in the efforts of decreasing Childhood Obesity

Presenter(s): Mable Scott, Kimberley McClain

This session will discuss how the research project is using modern technology (i.e.,Wii Fitness System, Diet Analysis Plus) that is easily accessible to youth to combat childhood obesity. These negatively viewed technologies can ultimately be transformed into positive instruments that yield healthier lifestyles. This session will share research findings and offer an opportunity for participants to experience some of these technologies.

The MIRAGE Project: Early Detection for Siblings of Alzheimer's Disease Patients

Presenter(s): Jolita Wainwright,

So far no study has shown that there is a single cause of Alzheimer's disease, but several risk factors that affect each person differently. The MIRAGE study examined the risk factors of over 1000 AD patients of different ethnicities including African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Japanese American in 14 states, Canada, Germany and Greece.

Examining Health Care Disparities and the Heal Conditions of Underserved Populations in the United States

Presenter(s): Lorette Oden, Ronald C. Williams

This session highlights the disparities that exist in employment, patient access, medical insurance, and research that affect the level of medical care that many African American persons and persons of color receive. Presenters will focus on preventive and maintenance care, and life style changes that can positively impact individuals' health. An emphasis will be placed on poor health care statistics and the growing margin of limited access to health care for African Americans and other individuals of color.

Eyes on the Prized: HBCU's providing health empowerment

Presenter(s): Phoebe Butler-Ajibade,

This session will identify and describe health issues that are prevalent among students, faculty and staff at an HBCU.

The Effects of Proper Dieting in the Black Community

Presenter(s): Eric Helvy,

This proposal surrounds the ever present issue of transparent health disparities in the African American which are primarily related the chosen diet. This presentation will encompass the necessity of educating minorities regarding proper dieting practices as well as how the economic structures of most African-American households impact the way African- Americans eat in their homes. During this lecture the presenter will discuss common dietary traits of a typical African- American household in and around urban areas throughout the United States. Particularly those dependent upon governmental subsidiaries to provide meals for their families. This presentation will further provide information surrounding the myriad of health issues, complaints and diagnoses commonly associated with African-Americans who exercise poor judgment relating to intake of their personal choice of foods.


Friday, March 23 at 11:00am-12:00pm

The personal and health related agonies of being a black faculty at a predominantly white institution

Presenter(s): Bernard Oliver, Kiwanas Burr

The focus of this session is on the professorial experiences of Black faculty at predominantly white institutions that are linked to personal and health related agonies of being the "Black Professor”. We focus particularly on those experiences that are linked to health related and wellbeing issues derived from the health disparities research. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to participate in discussion of what works and how these health related disparities in the professoriate can be addressed for career enhancement and productivity.

Lived Experiences of Vicarious Trauma, Coping and Posttraumatic Growth in Undergraduate Social Work Students who Attend Urban Public Colleges

Presenter(s): Selena T. Rodgers,

This study draws on strength-based and culturally specific theoretical perspectives to answer questions related to past personal traumas, vicarious traumas, and coping traumas. Observations reported are by social work students at urban public colleges who are enrolled in field internships.

Who Am I, Am I Who I Think I am, Am I all I ought to be

Presenter(s): Shonta Smith,

Participants will discuss and analysis racial/ethnic identity outcomes and processes and its impact on teaching and learning. In cooperative learning groups, participants will engage in culturally responsive dialogues exploring why a number of students struggle with self-identity and how it impedes academic success.

Anticipatory regret and condom use among Black male college students: A Qualitative Study

Presenter(s): James C. Wadley,

HIV transmission within the African American community and the pervasiveness of risky sexual behavior of some Black males at HBCUs has emerged as a crucial issue over the past decade. The present study qualitatively uses the Theory of Anticipatory Regret to capture the perceived affective response and the decision to use or not use condoms in casual and committed relationships. The study illuminates the need for individuals to discuss safe sex practices with their potential/present partners to avoid negative feelings and potentially unsafe behaviors at HBCUs.

Uncommon Thinking: Higher Education Health Disparities Solutions

Presenter(s): M. Evelyn Fields, William Whitaker, Jr.

A facilitated discussion among attendees will be presented. This discussion will include identifying the common and uncommon health disparities, breaking into topic-related groups, administration of a baseline survey and facilitation of a discussion of existing strategies used to address and modify unhealthy behaviors that adversely affect Black faculty, staff and students across the broad range of higher education facilities, specifically focusing on HBCUs. Practical solutions and existing programs will be discussed as cornerstones for innovative and timely tactics and strategies that offer new ways to address issues that prevent successful outcomes on campus for African Americans.

The Art of TRIO

Presenter(s): Antonio Stephens,

The US Department of Education's "Federal TRIO Programs" were designed for "low-income/first generation" Americans to gain access to higher education. Since 1964, pre-college and college students, as well as qualified adults have utilized these programs as a resource to apply, enroll, be retained, and successful in postsecondary education. Now these programs are at risk of being eliminated by the Federal Government through budget cuts and lack of governmental support. Come find out more about "The Art of TRIO," the purpose of each program, and how you can support and advocate for the survival of these highly successful programs.


Friday, March 23 at 2:00-3:30pm

The Kellogg Health Scholars Program Meeting Needs of Communities thorugh Applied Research

Presenter(s): Kim Sydnor, Ndidi Amutah

To share the knowledge and experiences of community-based participatory research and to help advance the field of community engaged scholarship

No Guts? No Glory!

Presenter(s): Crystal Rae Coel Coleman, Meagan Drye Wolfe

The purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate how theory can effectuate change through communication theories, principles, techniques and case studies.

Cradle to Grave: Developing a Medical School Pipeline

Presenter(s): George Rausch, Sheryl Allen

This session will describe the development of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Diversity Outreach Comprehensive Science (DOCS) Initiative. The focus of this pipeline is to stimulate and encourage young students of color to begin to think about medicine, as a career, at an early age.

Working the Entire Pipeline

Presenter(s): Michael Toney, Rosalyn Beecham-Green

Evidence suggests that the best way to address health disparities in minority communities is to recruit and train students from those communities to become healthcare providers. This session features the leaders of three of the most successful programs aimed at accomplishing this goal.

Selecting a Research Mentor as a Doctoral Candidate: Accepting the Role of Dissertation Mentor to Prevent the Onset of the Dissertation Syndrome.

Presenter(s): Noran Moffett, Melanie Frizzell, Terance Shipman,Yolanda Brownlee-Williams, Natasha Woody and Tia Minnis Fernander

Evolution of research for the purpose of improvement in P-21 teaching and learning environments for the progression of educational opportunities for children of color should be the primary focus of doctoral candidates in the field of Educational Leadership. Research agendas purported to advance healthy school environments of predominately-disenfranchised communities require commitment by the faculty mentor and doctoral candidates in pursuit of a research agenda and dissertations, which aid in healthy scholarly discourse. The leadership program has accepted a diverse cohort of conscientious scholars seeking to treat the problems confronting schools and communities with the least opportunity.

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