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Thursday, March 22 at 2:45-3:45pm

Communjty Engaged Research on Health Equity and Partnership

Presenter(s): Kim Dobson Sydnor, Anita S. Hawkins

The need to understand and find solutions for minority health disparities has become more urgent. Recent assessments have lead many researchers to conclude that inclusion of the affected communities in the research is needed for the elimination of health disparities. This community role implies a research environment of collaboration, coordination, and shared decision-making. Institutional structures for research are not necessarily constructed to implement this model of engagement. This session will present a research center model designed to address this issue - Morgan State University School of Community Health's Community Engaged Research Center on Health Equities and Disparities (CERCHED).

Perceived Physician Communication of Weight Classsification is Associated with African American Women's Weight Loss Intention

Presenter(s): Charlie Harris, Sandra Moore

Physicians serve an important role in motivating self-management of overweight and obesity, particularly in African-American women who lead in obesity-related morbidity and mortality. Prior research indicates that individuals who perceive that their physicians discussed weight management with them were more likely to attempt and have success with weight loss efforts. The impact of physician communication in overweight/obese African-American women is less understood. This study examined the associations of physician communication of weight classification and overweight/obese African-American women's weight loss intentions. This research has implications for primary and secondary prevention of obesity in African-American women.

Faculty Development at Morehouse School of Medicine

Presenter(s): Janice Herbert-Carter, Vera Taylor

The session will address the above objectives by discussing the background and origin of MSM and our FDP, the content and methodology in each of our modules, and our outcomes. Examples of the content in each of those sections is described below.

Seeking Sisterhood: Exploring the Mentoring Relationship among African American Women

Presenter(s): Chaundrissa Smith, Kenia Johnson

In this presentation, we highlight the underrepresentation of African American women in higher education, specifically in the field of psychology. The diminished presence of African American female psychologists in higher education decreases opportunities for African American students to pursue careers in psychology and succeed in this field. We assert that same-race/same-gender mentorship within psychology is necessary to increase African American women in academia. In this presentation, we discuss the specific mentorship needs of African American women in psychology across three different stages of professional development (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, and faculty). Finally, we provide recommendations for mentors, mentees, and academic organizations.

Where is our piece of the pie? How HBCUs secure resources to conduct health disparity research

Presenter(s): Phoebe Butler-Ajibade, Cynthia Burwell

The purpose of this session will provide strategies for successfully teaching undergraduate pre-health science students, securing funding for programming, and navigating the tenure process at HBCUs.

Expecting the Unexpected: Learing to Think Under Pressure

Presenter(s): Jacqueline Gardner, Tammi Lavender

Medical school is considered by many to be the most difficult educational experience of all. Successful matriculation requires students to retain and apply an enormous amount of information efficiently, and then know how to use it effectively. To be successful, students must possess a self- awareness that not only allows them to be prepared to learn under pressure, but more importantly, to also make the necessary psychological adjustments necessary to perform optimally. This session will discuss how the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Personality Assessment) is used to help assess learning style and manage stress.

 Beyond a Bachelor's: Ethnic Minority Enrichment in Research and Graduate Education

Presenter(s): Bridgette Peteet,

The Ethnic Minority Enrichment in Research and Graduate Education (EMERGE) program provides admissions preparedness and research experiences for minority undergraduates interested in pursuing doctorates in psychology.


Thursday, March 22 at 4:00-5:00pm

Standing on the Shoulders- Lifting as we Climb: Eliminating Health Disparities through Community-Based Service Learning in the African American community

Presenter(s): Lorece Edwards, Anita S. Hawkins

The purpose of this session is to define and distinguish service-learning pedagogy and its role in academia and community transformation. This session will also focus on the unrecognized roots of service-learning and how service-learning was and (still is) embedded in African American social thought and action. The lessons and data are derived from graduate public health practice experiences/internships at a Historical Black College and University

Best Practices for Inclusion and Retention of Allied Health Faculty

Presenter(s): Troy Roland,

This study aims to provide best practice recommendations for the hire and inclusion of minority faculty, predominately in allied health programs. The institution of focus is National University as the most recent accrediting visit from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Team Report emphasized the need to make greater strides in its diversity of student to faculty ratios.

Changing the Face of Veterinary Meedicine: the Purdue Veterinary Medicine approach to diversification of a health profession.

Presenter(s): Kauline Cipriani Davis,

The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) has strategic priorities around the challenges of workforce shortages and lack of diversity within the veterinary medical profession. Through the establishment of multiple novel initiatives including a USDA Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), PVM has realized a 15.8% increase in historically underrepresented students in the incoming first year DVM class over the past five years. The PVM approach to diversifying a health profession will be presented as a model for other health professional schools seeking to increase the number of Black students matriculating and graduating from their academic programs.

Is Your KOOL-AID Too Sweet? What Teachers Should Know About Diabetes Education when Working with Children and Families

Presenter(s): Leon Rouson,

According to the Center for the Disease Control and Prevention (2010), 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Children with diabetes and their families and school personnel will face unique challenges. What can teachers and schools do to help children and families deal with diabetes? A few of the topics that will be covered in this session are: childhood obesity, diabetes education, and strategies for working with children and families.
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