UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium

Addressing Health Disparities through Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes
Thursday, April 18, 2019 

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. 
The 14th annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB. 

The keynote speaker will be Karen Glanz, Phd, MPH, endowed professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Glanz is a globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines. Her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Her research, funded for over $40 million over the past 25 years, focues on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, implementation science, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. Dr. Glanz's research and publications about understanding, measuring, and improving healthy food environment, beginning in the late 1980's have been been widely recognized and replicated.

Jonathan Engel, PhD, MBA will be the plenary speaker. As a professor in the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY, Dr. Engel conducts research in the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy. His books include Poor People's Medicine: Medicaid and U.S. Charity Care since 1965; American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States; and Unaffordable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump. His latest book is Fat Nation: A History of Obesity in America. Dr. Engel attempts to show that obesity is a symptom of complex changes that have transpired since WWII to our food, our living habits, our life patterns, our built environment, and our social interactions. 
Additional highlights of the annual event include the oral presentations and poster sessions featuring original research by academic investigators, scholars, and community partners in the fields of basic science, clinical research, social and behavioral science, and community-based research. Research abstracts are being accepted through Monday, February 18th.  

The 2019 symposium is produced by the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) and co-sponsored by two national centers for health disparities research: UAB Obesity Health Disparities Research Center, led by Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, Director and Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the UAB MHRC and the Gulf States Health Policy Center, led by Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Founder and CEO of BayouClinic and 18th U.S. Surgeon General.

Call for Abstracts

Previous Symposia

2018: Social Determinants from the Global Perspective
Symposium Program with Abstracts
Call for Abstracts

2017: The Role of Social Determinants in Population Health

Symposium Program with Abstracts
Call for Abstracts

2016: The Science of Health Disparities: From Discovery to Delivery
Symposium Program with Abstracts
Link to Photo Gallery

2015: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine
UAB HDRS Plenary Session Videos and Slides
UAB HDRS Program/Agenda
UAB HDRS Program + Abstracts

UAB HDRS Dinner Reception Agenda
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