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Office of Minority Health and Other Agency Calendar of Events - 2012

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As a free service, if your organization is planning a health-related conference, workshop, symposium, or other event, the Resource Center will include your information in this publication. Please fax complete details to (301) 251-2160, or you can e-mail them to the Resource Center at, if you prefer. To list your event in the HIV/AIDS conference calendar please email details to




Prematurity Prevention Symposium: Examining National, State, Clinical, and Community Efforts
January 19, 2012, noon
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: Geared toward health professionals, this event will highlight successful prevention programs, best practices and speakers from the field, along with an opportunity to engage in problem solving. The event also will launch the Prematurity Prevention Network, a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting prematurity prevention.
Sponsor: March of Dimes
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The International Stroke Conference
February 1-3, 2012
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Abstract: This annual event will feature about a thousand presentations of recent scientific work related to cerebrovascular disease, including abstract presentations, lectures and debates. This year, special symposia and debates will focus on numerous topics, such as stroke in the context of the UN Actions on NCDs, ethics of device use for acute stroke intervention, stroke in women, and advances in stroke rehabilitation.
Contact: (888) 242-2453 (Inside U.S.) or (214) 570-5935 (Outside U.S.) or e-mail
Sponsor: American Heart Association
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2012 AMCHP Conference
Improving Maternal and Child Health Across the Life Span: Acting Today for Healthy Tomorrows
February 11-14, 2012
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: The goal of the 2012 AMCHP Conference is to advance the health of women, children and families by promoting innovations in mother-child health policy and programs, sharing best practices, developing state MCH leadership and fostering multidisciplinary approaches to address key health issues impacting MCH.
Contact: Phone: (202) 775-0436 and Fax: (202) 775-0061
Sponsor: The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
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63rd Annual "An Affair of the Heart" Luncheon and Fashion Show
February 13, 2012, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This event is organized to benefit heart research and education. D.C. society, survivors and supporters of the AHA attend this high-end event hosting about 1200 people. Each year a preview of the latest in spring and summer fashions are shown.
Contact: Jay Blackwell AT 703-248-1704 or via e-mail at
Sponsor: the Women's Board of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region
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The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference
Feb. 16-17, 2012
Hilton Austin Hotel
Austin, TX
Abstract: The Conference helps raise awareness about health disparities, primarily in the African American community. The next conference will feature Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson, renowned expert on disabilities, and Ms. Lucille O'Neal, mother of NBA basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, whose life was undoubtedly affected by mental health issues she faced as a single mother.
Contact: or (512) 440-4063.
Sponsor: Austin Travis County Integral Care
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First Ever Southern California PPE Conference
"Baby Steps to a Healthier Generation: Launching Successful PPE Programs"
February 18, 2012, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA
Abstract: Dr. Flojaune Griffin, the Preconception Health Coordinator for California, will be this year's guest speaker. Dr. Griffin's message will give Preconception Peer Educator students a better idea of how to start the dialogue of preconception health on their campuses and in their communities. The conference will also include a panel of all the active PPE Presidents from each trained campus, who will highlight their programs, as well as discuss the challenges that they have encountered on their respective campuses. All PPE members are invited to attend the conference. Please RSVP by February 3, 2012. To register, send all members name, e-mail addresses, school and organization position, if applicable, via e-mail with "So-Cal Conference" as the subject line.
Sponsor: California State University, Northridge

The 33rd Annual UNC Minority Health Conference
Translational Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity
February 24, 2012
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Abstract: The UNC Minority Health Conference is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. The annual conference regularly attracts more than 500 students, faculty members, researchers, public health and human services professionals, and community leaders from North Carolina and surrounding states, with at least as many throughout the country viewing the keynote lecture by broadcast or on DVD. The Minority Student Caucus launched the conference in 1977 to highlight health issues of concern for people of color and to attract students interested in minority health to the school. The conference provides a forum for scholarly exchange of ideas related to understanding and addressing continuing health disparities in minority populations. Doctors Ana Diez-Roux and Nina Wallerstein will be the key speakers at this conference.
Contact: Jackie McIver at (919) 966-3309 or to register a group
Sponsor: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Student Caucus
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Race, Ethnicity and Disabilities: State of the Science Conference
March 1-2, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Abstract: This conference is for anyone in the field of rehabilitation, physical therapy, disability research, psychology, or any related field. The goals of this event are to advance the state of the science of disability research involving racial and ethnic minorities by identifying, analyzing, and synthesizing current evidence-based strategies being utilized, to build capacity of researchers dedicated to engaging in minority disability methodologies, and recruitment methods relevant to underserved populations and foster networking and communication in the field.
Contact: Dr. Juan Arango-Lasprilla at or (804) 828-8797
Sponsor: Project Empowerment at Virginia Commonwealth University
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Annual State of the Science Conference
Race, Ethnicity, and Disabilities: State of the Science Conference
March 1-2, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Abstract: This event will bring expert researchers and educators together to present about the state of the science of disability research involving racial and ethnic minorities.
Contact: Juan Arango-Lasprilla, Ph.D. at or (804) 828-8797
Sponsor: Virginia Commonwealth University Project Empowerment and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research
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Fifth Health Disparities Conference
Achieving Health Equity through Access, Advocacy, Treatment, and Policy Development
March 6-8, 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana
Abstract: Conference participants will include clinicians, health policy makers, health educators and public and community health leaders whose work incorporates the use of mid-level providers to build partnerships to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity. This conference will include discussions on successful multidisciplinary models for improved health systems outcomes. Previous conference attendee evaluations indicated that the abstract podium presentations enhanced the effectiveness of the conference and helped to stimulate discussions surrounding effective clinical strategies, basic science, health policy and research disciplines, and most importantly, the significant role of mid-level providers and interdisciplinary collaborations. Our planning committee will continue to build on this momentum as we develop content for the 2012 Conference.
Contact: XULA-COP 2012 Organizers (The 1Joshua Group, LLC) at (404) 559-6191
Sponsor: Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE)
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9th Active Living Research Annual Conference
March 12-14, 2012
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
San Diego, CA
Abstract: The annual conference provides a forum for ALR grantees and other investigators to share findings and to learn about the latest thinking, methods and research on policy and environmental issues related to active living. The conference also provides an opportunity for policy makers, practitioner, and advocates to gain information and resources that can advance their work in promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. The 2012 conference will highlight research that examines socioeconomic and racial-ethnic disparities in environmental opportunities for physical activity, policies that may lead to environmental disparities, and potential solutions to these disparities.
Contact: Amanda Wilson at (619) 260-5538 or at
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Conference
March 15-16, 2012
Georgetown University Leavey Center
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: Originally scheduled for August 2011, the conference was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The upcoming conference will have a similar agenda with features such as Dr. Joe Palca from NPR and a mini-RIO Boot Camp for institutional officials responsible for handling research misconduct.
Contact: Patricia L. Mazar at (202) 687-8425 or
Sponsor: Office of Research Integrity

2012 American Indian and Alaska Native Long Term Services and Supports Conference
March 21-23, 2012
The Curtis Denver
Denver, CO
Abstract: The goal of this conference is circulate knowledge and promising practices in the field, and build an ongoing dialogue among Tribal and IHS programs engaged in delivery of long-term services and supports for AI/AN people. The audience includes Title VI grantees, IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian health programs and Community Health Representatives, and Tribal program staff engaged in delivery of long-term services and supports.
Contact: (240) 863-0352
Sponsor: The Administration on Aging, Indian Health Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

African American Leadership Weekend and Wellness Day
March 28-31, 2012
Sacramento Doubletree Hotel
Sacramento, CA
Abstract: California is the first state to pass legislation to implement President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA also known as the ACA. The state is in the process of building the infrastructure to implement this historic legislation by 2014. There is a lot to know, a plethora of opportunity, and much to learn to ensure Californians are ready for the changes coming down the pike between now and 2014. Workshops will include eligibility and enrollment issues, health benefits exchange, workforce development and the basics of the Affordable Care Act.
Contact: (916) 333-0613 or
Sponsor: The California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, California Black Health Network and the California Legislative Black Caucus
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Sex::Tech: 5th Annual Conference on New Media, Youth, & Sexual Health
April 1-3, 2012
Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Abstract: This annual conference focused on public health, technology and young people. Panelists will share information, resources, tech tools, and communications strategies to support youth and young adults in their sexual health awareness, decision making and overall wellness. The voices of diverse young people across the US are a critical part of the event. Public health students, educators, and officials are greatly welcome.
Contact: Deb Levine, Executive Director or (510) 835-9400
Sponsor: ISIS Inc.
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2012 National Health Promotion Summit
April 10-11, 2012
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: The 2012 National Health Promotion Summit will showcase health promotion activities that support the Affordable Care Act, Healthy People 2020, and other key prevention-related initiatives. Presentations will feature programs executed by various sectors that reflect a wide array of pressing national and global health issues. The underlying theme of the Summit is collaboration and alignment of the various initiatives for which Healthy People 2020 serves as a foundation.
Contact: Eloisa L. Montes, MA at (919) 918-4505 or
Sponsor: American Institutes for Research, Health Program
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2nd Symposium on Stem Cells
April 16, 2012
National Institutes of Health Campus
Bethesda, MD
Abstract: The symposium will focus on advances in stem cells research as they relate to ocular physiology and disease analysis. Symposium speakers include Kevin Eggan (Harvard Stem Cell Institute), David Gamm (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Thomas Reh (University of Washington), and Sally Temple (Neural Stem Cell Institute, NY). The symposium will be preceded by the Sixth Sayer Vision Science Lecture, to be delivered by Yoshiki Sasai from the Center of Developmental Biology at Riken, Japan, on "Self-organization of neural structures in three-dimensional stem cell cultures".
Contact: NEI Office of the Scientific Director at (301) 451-6763 or
Sponsor: National Eye Institute

The Social Determinants of Health in Health Disparities: Can We Afford to Ignore Them?
April 19, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Clinical Center/Building 10 NIH CAMPUS
Bethesda, MD
Abstract: The first-ever NIH Minority Health Promotion Day, commemorating National Minority Health Month, will take place on Thursday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the NIH Clinical Center. The event is sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in collaboration with several Institutes and Centers, other Federal agencies, the NIH R&W, and local grantees. The event is open to the public. Registration is not required. There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro stop is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for the security check. Sign Language interpreters will be provided.
Contact: Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at (301) 402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (800) 877-8339).
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Connecting to Change to Advance Community Health
April 20-21, 2012
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel
Arlington, VA
Abstract: HealthHIV's national meeting, SYNC 2012 is a national meeting that prepares individuals and organizations working in HIV and primary care to succeed in the health care environment by synchronizing systems, programs, models, and policies. The meeting provides attendees an opportunity to: learn how to synchronize networks of HIV and primary care and integrate new, innovative strategies to expand services; confer with peers on health reform's impact; meet national leaders who are developing and guiding health care policies; and participate in clinical sessions on chronic disease management. Free registration may be available to qualified registrants.
Contact: or (202) 352-7240
Sponsor: HealthHIV
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NHMA 16th Annual Conference
Innovations that Improve the Health of Hispanics, Families and Communities
April 26-29, 2012
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This conference brings together health experts from across the nation to share their multi-disciplinary experiences in improving health care delivery for Hispanic populations. CME accreditation will be provided.
Contact: or (202) 628-5895
Sponsor: National Hispanic Medical Association
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Salud A Cinco De Mayo National Festival
May 5, 2012, noon- 6 p.m.
Sylvan Theater, National Mall
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: Latinos Living Healthy engages the League of United Latin American Citizens' network of 135,000 community volunteers, organized into 900 councils and 56 community technology centers, in a health and wellness public education campaign. This initiative includes issue-based advocacy trainings, health education programs and community health festivals. LULAC's policy priorities focus on reducing health disparities, increasing access to quality & affordable health care for Latinos and have an emphasis on reducing childhood obesity. The event is free and open to the public and will include live cooking demos, music and entertainment and free health screenings.
Contact: Mario Marsans at 202-833-6130 or
Sponsor: League of United Latin American Citizens
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CDC Weight of the Nation
Moving Forward, Reversing the Trend
May 7 - 9, 2012
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This national forum highlights policy, system and environmental approaches and solutions that show promise for improving nutrition and physical activity and preventing obesity. Presentations will emphasize how communities, early care and education, medical care, workplaces, states, territories and tribes and schools can help foster improvements in healthy eating and increasing active living for all Americans.
Contact: (800) 232-4636
Sponsor: CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
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American College of Nurse-Midwives 57th Annual Meeting & Exposition
June 2-7, 2012
Long Beach, CA
Abstract: This event will focus on topics relevant to midwifery, including clinical research, global health, public policy and education. Presentations will address elements of clinical practice that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care and include topics, such as high risk obstetrics, gynecological issues, family planning, primary care, pediatrics as it applies to the newborn, and behavioral and psycho-social aspects of care.
Contact: (240) 485-1800
Sponsor: American College of Nurse-Midwives
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Wellness/Healing Skills Training -Strategies for Indian Country in the New Millennium Conference
"It's Time To Live - Enjoy Life Fully Through Wellness & Healing"
June 5-8, 2012
Inn at Rio Rancho Hotel & Conference Center
Rio Rancho, NM
Abstract: This conference is open to anyone wishing to improve themselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Attendees will identify principles in trust and team building, implement tools acquired in proactive and prevention alternatives, describe levels of prevention in substance abuse, domestic violence, anti-social behavior, and other risk factors among Indian youth and adult and describe models and ideals that effectively demonstrate culturally competent American Indian communities/systems mobilization with a focus on health and wellness Conference participants take active roles in practical exercises and scenarios. Presentations are facilitation format and not lecture. There are a limited number of first-come, first-serve scholarships available to cover conference fees. The deadline to apply for scholarships is Feb. 29, 2012.
Contact: Frank or Corie Moran Adakai at (505) 897-1489
Sponsor: New Years Eve Sobriety Powwow Association

22nd Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & Fun Walk
June 9, 2012, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
The Washington Harbour at Georgetown
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: Members of the legal community are known for their ability to solve problems and confront challenging adversaries ("Pro Bono Publico" -- for the public good). This strong commitment to helping others is the focus of Lawyers Have Heart. As the Washington area's largest 10K race with more than 5,500 participants, LHH raises funds used to support the research and community education programs of the American Heart Association/American Stoke Association.
Contact: Hilary Sama at (703) 248-1706 or at
Sponsor: Lawyers Have Heart
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The National Premature Infant Health Coalition Annual Summit Connections 2012
June 14-15, 2012
Phoenix Park Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: The summit will include various sessions, including an expert panel discussion on developmental care; a presentation from award-winning blogger and preemie mom Heather Spohr on broader communication about prematurity for parents and professionals, a keynote address by pioneer researcher and world-renowned expert in Kangaroo Mother Care, Nils Bergman, a workshop on strategies for using social media to educate and communicate in the field of prematurity, a roundtable discussions on a variety of topics including Kangaroo Mother Care, the Healthy Babies Worth the Wait program and the Preemie Parent Alliance, a town hall for parent advocates, health care providers, nonprofit executives, and other stakeholders to share creative strategies for meeting current challenges, and more.
Contact: Andrea Goodman at (703) 838-7505 or or (202) 775-0436
Sponsor: National Premature Infant Health Coalition
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12th Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Health Equity
"Empowering Communities in the Era of Health Care Reform"
June 27 - July 1, 2012
Hilton Americas Houston
Houston, Texas
Abstract: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Biennial Symposium and the 10th annual Health Disparities Summer Workshop, both events will take place side-by-side in Houston and will be hosted by the Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research. This event is intended to reach a varied audience of academicians, health care professionals, students and community members, and will be a platform for addressing the catalysts of change needed to effectively meet the health needs of people of color in general and underserved people in particular. The curriculum will educate participants about the social factors that are fundamental in creating health disparities. The event will also focus on formulating public policy objectives to reduce and eliminate health disparities in America. Since cancer is only one of many health disparities faced by minority and underserved individuals, the 2012 meeting will not limit its discussion to cancer issues.
Contact: (713) 563-2700 or (855) 878-0919 (US toll-free) or
Sponsor: Intercultural Cancer Council
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International AIDS Conference
AIDS 2012 XIX International AIDS Confernece, July 22-27, Washington DC, USA. Turning the Tide Together. July 22 - July 27, 2012
Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
Abstract:The International AIDS Conference provides a biennial opportunity for individuals from around the world to gather together in one location to discuss challenges, progress and the next steps needed in the field of HIV/AIDS. Throughout this six-day event, speakers, government representatives, researchers, community-based workers, advocates and those impacted and affected by HIV will participate in numerous sessions, reviewing best-practices and recent research findings, as they engage in opportunities for professional development and networking.
Contact: (202) 803-6005
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OMH participation: OMH at the International AIDS Conference

"Advancing Native Health and Wellness"
July 31 - August 5, 2012
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
Anchorage, AK
Abstract: This event will cover the topic areas of traditional healing, diversity in the biomedical and healthcare workforce, community engaged interventions, models of healthcare delivery, health disparities, social determinants of health and Native-driven research.
Contact: (808) 587-8570 or
Sponsor: Association of American Indian Physicians and Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research
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15th International Congress for Circumpolar Health
August 5-10, 2012
Fairbanks, AK
Abstract: The health and wellness of northern peoples are the focus of the International Union for Circumpolar Health. The IUCH is the only organization of its kind dedicated to health in the Arctic and Antarctic and brings together organizations from the entire circumpolar region. The week-long event will feature thought-provoking keynote addresses, workshops, information sessions, social activities, and networking activities that will provide many opportunities for artistic, cultural, and social exchanges.
Contact: Tina Day at (907) 334-4506
Sponsor: CDC, American Society for Circumpolar Health
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11th Annual Research Symposium: The Importance of a Diverse Health Workforce to Improve Health Access and Quality Care for Hispanics
August 17, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
Rayburn Building (Room 2168)
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This event will involve a research poster session, presentations by several government officials and lunch. The deadline to RSVP for this event is August 10 at 5 p.m. (EST).
Contact: (703) 415-1404
Sponsor: Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools
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Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
September 19-23, 2012
Crown Center
Kansas City, MO
Abstract: Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics and American Indians and Alaska Natives will constitute the majority of Americans. Libraries are preparing for the demographic shift by taking steps to have the ability to supply library service to all. During this event, librarians, library staff, educators, authors and publishers will share best practices on how to build multicultural and multilingual collections, English as a Second Language programs promote library service to diverse communities and recruit a diverse workforce.
Speakers will include Faye Williams, Library Services Manager in the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. More information on this session Exit Disclaimer. Stop by the our booth #503 in the Exhibit Hall.
Contact: (800) 545-2433
Sponsor: American Library Association
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Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparity & Health Equity Conference
"Translating Research into Healthy Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities"
September 24-25, 2012
Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Abstract: This conference will bring together NHPI leaders, community stakeholders, advocates, policy makers, philanthropic leaders, researchers, and students from across the continent, Hawai'i, the US Associated Pacific Islands and other Pacific Island Nations to present and examine new and innovative concepts, methods, and research findings on health disparities that impact the NHPI community. The focus will be on the importance of robust health and healthcare data for evaluating the status of understudied and underserved populations. Attendees will receive a summary of key findings from the Pacific Islander Health Study, a representative survey on the health and healthcare utilization of Pacific Islander adults and adolescents. Key speakers will include Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (Acting).
Contact: Molly Hawkins at (248) 336-8605
Sponsor: Office of Minority Health, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
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6th Annual AABC Birth Institute
"Unity in Diversity: The Birth Center Collaborative Model"
St. Pete Beach, FL
October 4 - 6, 2012
Abstract: This conference offers networking opportunities and clinical sessions on the latest studies, practices and information and administrative sessions focused on timely business issues.
Contact: 727-367-6461
Sponsor: American Association of Birth Centers
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Center on Health Disparities Sixth Annual Fall Conference
"Starting at the Top: Achieving Health Equity through Executive Leadership"
October 8, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./Greenbelt
Greenbelt, MD
Abstract: This CEO roundtable will focus on innovative initiatives that promote health equity within the communities their institutions serve. "C-suite" executives and leadership are especially encouraged to attend this year's conference to learn how to make decisions that result in successful strategies to address and reduce health disparities in their communities.
Contact: Emeobong Martin, Project Coordinator, Center on Health Disparities at (301) 315-3184
Sponsor: Adventist HealthCare
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DCPCA's 15th Annual Meeting
October 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This is the 15th year hosting this free conference, which is open to all, in an effort to end health disparities in the District of Columbia.
Contact: Ms. Jamie R. Odle, DCPCA senior development manager at (202) 552-2319
Sponsor: District of Columbia Primary Care Association
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Bridging the Gap Domestic Violence Simulcast
October 9, 2012, Noon - 2 p.m. CT
Richard Bolling Federal Building Cafeteria Conference Room
601 East 12th Street, Ground Floor
Kansas City, MO
Abstract: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance to NDVAM the DHHS Office on Women's Health and HRSA are collaborating to collect domestic violence items for Friends of Yates Domestic Violence Shelter in Kansas City, KS for women and children. This event will be simulcast.
Contact: (816) 426-2926
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Region VII – Office on Women’s Health, HRSA, ACF, and CMS
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DiversityDoctor 2012: Remaining Competitive while Reducing Healthcare Disparities and Improving Patient Satisfaction
October 13, 2012
Baltimore, MD
Abstract: In an era of change in reimbursement and reform, providers and hospitals that are best prepared for these changes will most likely prevail in the future. Healthcare disparities continue to prevail despite national efforts to reduce them; providers and institutions are being challenged to do more with less; and healthcare reimbursement is being directly tied to patient satisfaction scores this year. While cultural competence has been viewed as an important issue in the past, it is now becoming a matter of life and death not just for patients, but healthcare providers and institutions as well.
Contact: (410) 502-9634
Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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National Academy for State Health Policy 25th Annual State Health Policy Conference Promoting Excellence Today and Tomorrow
October 15-17, 2012
Baltimore Waterfront Marriot Hotel
Baltimore, MD
Abstract: The NASHP conference is planned by state health policymakers for state health policymakers. Each year the conference offers timely information and numerous opportunities to engage in rich discussions about health policy, such as payment reform, Medicaid, care coordination, children's health, health insurance exchanges, and more. Early registration ends August 31, 2012.
Contact: (202) 903-0101 or
Sponsor: The National Academy for State Health Policy
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2012 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference: Issues and Innovations
October 18-19, 2012
Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
Abstract: This conference will allow attendees to learn about and share information on issues affecting refugee and immigrant children and their families, schools, healthcare, and cultural adjustment.
Sponsor: Adult Learning Resource Center
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Pediatrics for the 21st Century- Embracing Every Child: Combating Health Disparities in Your Practice and Community
October 19, 2012, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Abstract: This daylong event will kickoff the American Academy of Pediatrics' conference, with a focus on addressing child health inequities in this special conference track, which precedes the world's largest pediatric-focused continuing medical education event and technical exhibition. There will be social, networking and philanthropic opportunities, and family-friendly services.
Sponsor: The American Academy of Pediatrics
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2012 AAP National Conference and Exhibition
October 19 - 23, 2012
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Abstract: More than 10,000 pediatricians and other health care professionals are expected to attend this conference for practical updates and reviews of pediatric practice, research and advocacy. There will be approximately 350 sessions in nearly 60 content areas in varying educational formats. The AAP conference is currently the largest venue to debut in its exhibit hall the latest pediatric medical and pharmacologic products, services, resource and technology.
Contact: (847) 434-4000 or
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics
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American Academy of Pediatrics Experience
October 20-23, 2012,
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Abstract: This is the world's largest pediatric-focused continuing medical education event and technical exhibition. There will be social, networking and philanthropic opportunities, as well as family-friendly services.
Sponsor: The American Academy of Pediatrics
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5th Disparities Partnership Forum
Diabetes Care in High Risk Populations
Oct. 22-23, 2012
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This event is a platform to address the severe onset of type 2 diabetes in high-risk populations and represents an annual gathering that provides learning opportunities, best practice highlights, opportunities for idea exchange and fosters collaborations among various stakeholders and thought leaders. The goal of this year's Forum is to collaborate with partners to address the disparity of cultural competency, health literacy and health equity in healthcare (diabetes care), specifically in populations at highest risk for type 2 diabetes, i.e., African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, older adults, women, low income and uninsured persons.
Contact: Monique Lindsy at
Sponsor: The American Diabetes Association
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The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit
October 31 - November 3, 2012
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
About: The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit is an HHS-wide endeavor involving a broad spectrum of the federal government that seeks to advance activities to eliminate health disparities.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health,, National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, and the Office of Minority Health




November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
"Share the Spirit: Cultures, Traditions and Contributions"
Abstract: This month the Florida Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and the American Indian Advisory Council, have a series of events planned to celebrate, educate and inform others of the diverse American Indian and Alaska Native populations, their traditions, knowledge, ways of life, and contributions, in order to celebrate the rich heritage and myriad contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Contact: Cheryl Graham at
Sponsor: Florida Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and the American Indian Advisory Council

36th AMERSA Annual National Conference
November 1-3, 2012
Doubletree Hotel
Bethesda, MD
Abstract: The meeting will reflect on AMERSA's interdisciplinary strengths and the commitment to disseminate the latest developments in substance abuse education, prevention, treatment and research that challenge all health care professionals. We have planned an exciting program featuring research abstracts, skill-focused workshops, and plenary speakers addressing issues of national and international importance. Both CME and CEU credits will be offered. AMERSA has opportunities for health professionals to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. AMERSA has applied for NIDA funding to underwrite a limited number or travel/lodging for health professionals to participate in our annual conference. You do not need to be an AMERSA member to apply.
Sponsor: The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
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Ninth Annual American Indian Symposium
"Improving American Indian Wellness in the 21st Century"
November 7, 2012, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Kauffman Conference Center
Kansas City, MO
Abstract: This annual event will provide an opportunity for attendees to share strategies, models and tools with individuals and organizations that provide services to urban American Indians, such as health, mental health, education, and legal services within the Greater Kansas City area. The purpose of the Symposium is to create effective partnerships to deliver culturally sensitive care for American Indians in the urban community setting and to broaden access to the resources needed to create programs benefiting all American Indian populations.
Contact: Jan Wrolstad - Mid-America ATTC at (816) 235-5056 or
Sponsor: American Indian Council
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2012 National Summit on HIV and Viral Hepatitis Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care
November 26-28, 2012
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Abstract: The mission of the 2012 National Summit is to support improvement in viral hepatitis and HIV testing, prevention, and engagement in care in the United States. The nation's public health scientific and community leadership will meet to discuss state-of-the-art mechanisms to support the President's "National HIV/AIDS Strategy" (NHAS) and the HHS "Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis." The 2012 National Summit on HIV and Viral Hepatitis Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care will be chaired by Dr. John G. Bartlett, Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer, and Dr. Veronica Miller. The goal is to assemble new and relevant information about the implementation of routine or expanded testing activities, furthering prevention and access, linkage and retention in care in the U.S.
Sponsor: Forum for Collaborative HIV Research
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Fourth Annual mHealth Summit
December 3-5, 2012
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Resort
National Harbor, MD
Abstract: The 2012 mHealth Summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad. This event will build upon last year’s success by highlighting emerging best practices from mHealth implementations, as well as the latest business, finance, policy and technical perspectives. The summit will also provide a dedicated focus on mHealth research, facilitating the development and commercialization of empirically-supported solutions for specific disease states.
Contact: (703) 562-8809
Sponsor: mHIMMS
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The Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference
Diversity in Rural Healthcare and Leadership: Now is the Time
December 5-6, 2012
Doubletree Biltmore Hotel
Asheville, NC
Abstract: One of the only meetings in the nation to focus on rural multiracial and multicultural health issues, this event offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share unique concerns and interests. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population.
Contact: Gaby Boscan at or (202) 639-0550
Sponsor: National Rural Health Association
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Reflecting on the Essence of a Promotor: Past, Present and Future
10th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference
December 7-8, 2012
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Los Angeles, CA
Abstract: The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills related to health, life and community issues, reinvigorate their commitment to advocacy through workshops led by inspiring community leaders, share and network with other regional Promotor/as from across the state and celebrate achievements during the optional Friday evening banquet and dance. The deadline to preregister is Nov. 12, 2012.
Contact: Mari Lopez via fax at (213) 613-0633
Sponsor: Vision y Compromiso
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Project BEAT IT
December 8, 2012, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Prince George's County Health Department Cheverly Health Center
Cheverly, MD
Abstract: The National African Immigrant Project of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, together with the Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare, is conducting a research study and hosting a series of FREE health education classes specifically for African immigrants. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 5, 2012. This free health education class specifically addresses African immigrant health taught by African health experts, for African immigrant adults living in Maryland or the District of Columbia. The date is subject to change.
Contact: Ms. Emeobong "Eme" Martin at (301) 315-3184
Sponsor: Adventist HealthCare

13th Research Centers in Minority Institutions Symposium on Health Disparities
December 10-13, 2012
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Abstract: This four-day symposium has been designed to offer opportunities for sharing research information in areas related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer, women's health, mental health, infectious disease, stroke, and behavioral and community health. The program will highlight RCMI program institutions, partners, and collaborators. Anyone engaged in clinical, basic science, education and policy research in health disparities is also welcome to join the event Pre-Symposium Training Workshops take place Dec. 8-9.
Contact: (404) 559-6191
Sponsor: Research Centers in Minority Institution
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Project BEAT IT
December 15, 2012, 10 a.m.-Noon
Immanuel's Church
Silver Spring, MD
Abstract: The National African Immigrant Project of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, together with the Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare, is conducting a research study and hosting a series of FREE health education classes specifically for African immigrants. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 12, 2012. This free health education class specifically addresses African immigrant health taught by African health experts, for African immigrant adults living in Maryland or the District of Columbia. The date is subject to change.
Contact: Ms. Emeobong "Eme" Martin at (301) 315-3184
Sponsor: Adventist HealthCare

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