2017 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium


The UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights the work of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and community investigators in basic science, clinical, behavioral, social sciences research and community-based research related to health disparities.


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Symposium highlights role of social determinants in population health

The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) will host the 12th annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, on May 3, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel. This year's symposium will take an in-depth look at the role of social determinants in population health. 

“The symposium showcases the work being done to reduce health inequities in Alabama, the south, and our nation. It provides an overview of the latest in health disparities research. Scientists and scholars look to it as an excellent opportunity to share discoveries, new approaches, and successful models,” said Mona Fouad, MD, MPH Director of Professor, UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the UAB MHRC.

Highlights of the symposium include the oral presentations and poster sessions featuring original health dispaities research by academic investigators, students, and community partners in the fields of basic science, clinical research, social and behavioral science, community-based and health outcomes research. Abstracts are being accepted through Friday, March 3. 

Two national experts in the field of health disparities research will be featured speakers.

Kiefe CatarinaCatarina Kiefe, PhD, MD is the Inaugural Melvin S. and Sandra L. Cutler Chair in Biomedical Research, Chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Kiefe began as a mathematician, earning her doctoral degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She then earned her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She specialized in internal medicine, completing her residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. Now, as the inaugural chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), she combines the rigor of mathematics with the needs of clinical medicine. She draws upon the intellectual curiosity and drive for discovery that marked her early career as an abstract researcher, using it to help her lead an applied research program with the objective of improving healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations.

Before moving to UMMS in 2009, Dr. Kiefe was Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and founding Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) at UAB. While building her new Department at UMMS, Kiefe has actively maintained her research interests in the area of cardiovascular outcomes and effectiveness research, measuring quality of care, and in conducting federally funded cluster-randomized trials to change practice patterns. She has been continuously funded as PI by NIH, PCORI, or AHRQ   for more than 25 years. She has about 250 peer-reviewed publications, has served on or lead multiple national and international scientific advisory boards and is co-Editor-in-chief (with Jeroan Allison) of Medical Care, a premier journal in health services research. 

Jeroan AllisonJeroan Allison, MD, MS is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities Research.

Dr. Allison’s research focuses on quality measurement, implementation science, and statistical methodology, with an emphasis on eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in medical care and health outcomes. Dr. Allison has a ten-year history of sustained funding from several extra-mural sources, including the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Along with Dr. Catarina Kiefe, Dr. Allison is co-Editor-in-Chief of Medical Care, sponsored by American Public Health Association. Dr. Allison has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in print or press. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and received a Masters’ degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The 2017 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium is produced by the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and co-sponsored by two national centers for health disparities research: Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center, led by Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, and Gulf States Health Policy Center, led by Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Founder and CEO of BayouClinic and 18th U.S. Surgeon General.

2017: The Role of Social Determinants in Population Health 

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Previous Symposia
2016: The Science of Health Disparities: From Discovery to Delivery 
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2015: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine
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UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium (HDRS)

2014: Integrating Social and Biological Factors in Health Disparities Research

2013: Health Disparities: Where Biology, Behavior, and Socioeconomics Converge

2012: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities

2011: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities

2010: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities

2009: Health Disparities and Genomics

2008: Health Disparities: From Discovery to Delivery

2007: Health Disparities: From Discovery to Delivery

2006: Eliminating Health Disparities: Obesity & Diabetes

2005: Minority Research Day