Conference Schedule

** Please note that this schedule is subject to change up until the day of the conference **

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Introductions and Welcome
Gayatri Ankem
Masters Candidate, Environmental Science and Engineering
Kathleen E. Tedford
Masters Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH
Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderators: Adrienne Gill and Chassidy Hanley
Masters Candidates, Health Behavior
Conference Chairs
9:30 am 15th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture
Brian D. Smedley, PhD
Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda
Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Washington, DC
10:45 am Exhibits and Poster Session
11:00 am Morning Concurrent Sessions
Session A1: Criminal Justice
With over 6 million Americans imprisoned around the country and increasing news coverage of controversial cases, criminal justice has become an extremely important and widely discussed topic of conversation. Professor James E. Coleman Jr., Professor of Law at Duke University, will discuss the overrepresentation of individuals of color in the nations' prisons, wrongful convictions, and health care among inmates.
Presenter: James E. Coleman, Jr.

John S. Bradway Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Co-Director, Lawful Convictions Clinic
Session A2: The Struggle for Equity in the realm of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
HIV/AIDS has had a momentous impact on the world since it was identified in the 1980s. Analyzing the myriad problems it has caused and the progress we have made on a global scale is complicated because each community, each subpopulation, is faced with a different set of challenges. Lamont Scales, a Public Health Analyst in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC in Atlanta, and Robert Aronson, an Associate Professor in Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro, discuss the HIV/AIDS pandemic and health disparities from the perspective of minority populations. Mr. Scales’ work at the CDC involves coordinating and monitoring activities pertaining to reducing health inequities among men who have sex with men. Dr. Aronson’s current research focuses on community-based approaches to addressing the social determinants of health disparities, and his studies concentrate on African American males.
Presenter: Robert Aronson, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor, Public Health Education
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Presenter: Lamont Scales, MA
Coordinator for Gay, Bisexual, and Other MSM Activities
Office of Health Equity, Office of the Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Session A3: Migration, Human Rights, and Health
Throughout history, humans have been moving around the planet. Globalization compounded by economic, environmental, and political strife has increased migration within and across all continents. In the Western Hemisphere, migrants experience varying levels of discrimination, affecting basic human rights and health. Pablo Ceriani is a lawyer and PhD in Argentina. He is a professor of Migration and Human Rights at the Universidad Nacional de Lanús and a member of the Faculty of Law in Migration Policies at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He coordinates the program on Migration and Human Rights at the Human Rights Center of the Universidad Nacional de Lanús. He will speak about human rights and migration policies in the Americas, including current discussions and challenges.
Presenter: Pablo Ceriani, PhD

Professor of Migration and Human Rights, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina
Faculty of Law, Migration Policies, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Session A4: Addressing Structural Inequities in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Our understanding of health disparities affecting sexual and gender minorities continues to expand, though more work is necessary. Dr. Judy Bradford, Director for the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Co-Chair of the Fenway Institute, will discuss the importance of increasing and improving data collection in order to identify and address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health disparities. Dr. Bradford has served on multiple advisory committees critical for the advancement of LGBT health, including one created at the Institute of Medicine to understand what is currently known in the field and what must still be addressed.
Presenter: Judith Bradford, PhD
Director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health
Co-Chair, The Fenway Institute
Boston, MA
Session A5: Food Economy
Questions of health equity arise in all areas of food policy debate, including farm policy, environmental policy, dietary guidance and nutrition assistance programs. For people inside and outside the agri-food system whose concern for equity has been neglected or overlooked, Dr. Parke Wilde’s, Associate Professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, presentation will provide a useful introduction to the way U.S. food policies are debated and decided.
Presenter: Parke Wilde, PhD
Food Economist
Friedman School of Nutrition Policy
Tufts University
12:00 pm Exhibits and Poster Session
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm 2nd Annual Victor J. Schoenbach Health Disparities Keynote Lecture
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
2:45 pm Exhibits and Poster Session
3:15 pm Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session B1: Community Health Disparities
Across communities, inequalities in health resources and expenditures, and health outcomes are pronounced. This section encompasses three speakers with a demonstrated commitment to address and act upon community health disparities. John Akin, a UNC Professor of Economics and ex-World Bank health economist, will discuss inequalities across rich and poor nations. He will also touch on underlying determinants behind these disparities. In addition to the international perspective, Marianne Ratcliffe, the Executive Director of Piedmont Health SeniorCare will discuss the state's second Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) established by Piedmont Health Services. She will be speaking about how through interdisciplinary care planning and integrated service delivery, PACE can realize improved health and functional status outcomes and mitigate health disparities. Furthermore, Randi Byrd will shed light about health disparities among American Indian communities. Ms. Byrd serves as the project director for the Health, Native North Carolinians (HNNC) grant and has extensive experience with tribal and urban communities in the state of North Carolina.
Presenter: John S. Akin, PhD
Austin H. Carr Distinguished Professor and past Chair
Department of Economics
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Presenter: Randi R. Byrd
Project Director, Healthy Native North Carolinians
Program Assistant, American Indian Center
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Presenter: Marianne Ratcliffe, MHA
Executive Director, Piedmont Health SeniorCare
Session B2: The Affordable Care Act: Reducing Disparities in Access, Cost, and Quality of Care
With the recent reelection of President Barack Obama, the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is fresh on the mind of citizens across the state. Pam Silberman is the President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, she will identify the decisions the state must make to implement this legislation and will their impact on public insurance and safety-net programs serving low-income and other underserved populations. Mary Willoughby is a Strategic Advisor for the Health Policy Department at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She will discuss the ways in which disparities in cost of care are addressed by the PPACA. Karen Luken is a Disability and Health Consultant at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and will discuss the ways in which the PPACA impact the quality of care received by those with disabilities.
Presenter: Karen Luken
Disability and Health Consultant
NC Office on Disability and Health
FPG Child Development Institute
Presenter: Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH
President and CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Associate Director for Policy Analysis, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Clinical Professor, Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Presenter: Mary Willoughby, MPA
Strategic Advisor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Session B3: Environmental Justice and Racism
Across the state of North Carolina, the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement has been represented and advocated by researchers, lawyers and community organizers. Several minorities groups have been affected by issues associated with inadequate housing, confined animal feeding operations, landfills, among others. Dr. Thomas Arcury, Director of the Center for Worker Health and Professor and Vice Chair of Research from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University, will be sharing adequate housing as it relates to migrant farmworkers in NC. Additionally, Ms. Elizabeth Haddix, Senior Staff Attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights will share her experience and the integrated strategic model used by the center to help combat issues of exclusion and residential segregation. From a community perspective representing the NC EJ Network, Ms. Naeema Muhammad will discuss the importance of EJ in terms of history, community documentation to change and enact protective policies, as well as the impacts on health, air, water, land and quality of life of those affected.
Presenter: Thomas A. Arcury, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center for Worker Health
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
Presenter: Elizabeth Haddix, JD, BA
Senior Staff Attorney
UNC School of Law
Center for Civil Rights
Presenter: Naeema Muhammad
Community Organizer, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN)
Founding Member, Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ), NC
4:45 pm Conference Adjourns