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Public Health Training: Measuring Health Disparities
This interactive course focuses on some basic issues for public health practice: how to understand, define and measure health disparity. This course examines the language of health disparity to come to some common understanding of what that term means, explains key measures of health disparity and shows how to calculate them.
Credit Certificate of Completion; Nursing contact hours and CHES available
Instructors: John W. Lynch, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed. Sam Harper, Ph.D.
For more information, visit the University of Michigan Public Health Training web page.
Six UAA Faculty Participate in Summer Institute on Health Disparities
In May 2012, six UAA faculty members participated in a five-day summer institute on health disparities. The faculty members represented the following university departments: Alaska Native Studies, Teaching and Learning, Journalism and Public Communications, Health Sciences, and Philosophy. In return for a stipend faculty members agreed to:
- Integrate content on health disparities into a course being taught the next academic year
- Evaluate how the new content on health disparities impacted student learning
- Present the highlights of the experience at a public event
The institute featured four national experts on health disparities:
- Susan Bagby, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
- Lisa Bates, SM, ScD, Columbia University
- Theresa Osypuk, SD SM, Northeastern University
- Leslie Hausmann, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Local experts included:
- Rhonda Johnson, DrPH., UAA Department of Health Sciences
- Gabriel Garcia, Ph.D., UAA Department of Health Sciences
- Cathy Sullivan, M.S., UAA School of Nursing
- Mark Erickson, MD, SouthCentral Foundation
- Ellen Provost, DO, MPH, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Deb Periman, JD, UAA Justice Center
- Randy Magen, Ph.D., UAA School of Social Work
- Mutale Bingley, MSW, Bev Harper, MSW, Chrystal VanSky, MSW, UAA Social Work Graduate Students
Randy Magen, Summer Institute Coordinator, and the six faculty fellows: (l-r) Joy Mapaye, "Sunny"Mall, Jenny Miller, John Mouracade, Diane Benson, and Nancy Nix
Past News & Events
2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit
October 31 – November 2, 2012
Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit promises to be a stimulating learning experience, and a chance to develop new partnerships with others committed to the quest to eliminate health disparities. It will bring together national and international leaders in the field of health disparities representing multiple disciplines and sectors to share cutting-edge science, policy, practice, and various results-oriented approaches to address health disparities. Come and learn about the progress that communities across the United States and around the world are making to improve the health of underserved populations, the challenges they face, and opportunities to foster collaborative alliances to build a healthier global society.
Sessions are now open for registration: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/summit_site/programAgenda.html
Summer Faculty Fellows Institute: Call for Applications
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Participate in a 5-day institute at UAA May 7-11, 2012
Download the Summer Institute flyer (pdf)
SPHSP Summer Program for Underrepresented Minority Students Interested in Public Health & Biomedical Science Careers
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is offering a ten week summer program that begins May 28, 2012 and ends August 3, 2012. SPHSP is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. For more information, visit the SPHSP web site. Download a flyer and fact sheet.
Published: Feb 17, 2012
A series of new public health services and systems research (PHSSR) projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will provide timely insights into the best strategies and practices to enable state and local health departments to be the most effective and efficient in keeping people healthy and safe.
New Public Health Practice-Based Research Studies to Look at How to Reduce Health Disparities
Published: Feb 17, 2012
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) are launching a series of new studies focusing on how to reduce health disparities, while strengthening techniques used to compare the delivery of public health services.
Published: Feb 16, 2012
Public Health Internships for Undergraduates Interested in Eliminating Health Disparities
Application deadline is February 10, 2012
The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program offers the following internships:
1) Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE) is concerned with the factors associated with health-related behavior and health status, and develops and evaluates innovative strategies to address and improve individual and community health.
2) Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) are concerned with the impact of environmental conditions on human health -- in particular the health effects in people that can arise from exposures to agents (chemical, biological, physical, or even behavior) through the air they breathe, the water they drink, the food they eat, and the manner in which they go about their lives and their work.
Library Resources for Health Disparity Research
Presented by Ms. Sally Bremner, Health Sciences Librarian
December 1, 2011
This one hour seminar, co-sponsored by CAHDRE and the UAA Department of Health Sciences, presents useful library tools and search strategies to use for researching health disparities. Handouts are available on the library website.
Summer Seminar in Health Disparities
July 14, 2011
Download the seminar agenda (pdf)
2nd Translational Health Disparities Course
June 20 - July 1, 2011
Location: NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD
More information: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/hdss/NIMHD_thdc.html
The NIMHD presents this two-week intensive course that brings together scholars from around the world and provides participants with specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy.
On Monday, April 25, 2011 Today's Topics in Health Disparities webcast examined the new Department of Health and Human Services’ Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
CDC Report Documents Important Health Disparities, Need for Better Data
Press Release, January 13, 2011
This report highlights the progress and challenges in achieving health equity.
When: September 20 - October 1, 2010
Where: Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Cost: No registration fee
Deadline for applying: 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 30, 2010
NCMHD launches a two-week health disparities course which provides intensive specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice and policy. This course is open to healthcare professionals, social science professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and federal government employees involved in health disparities research or community-based participatory research activities. For more information, download the course flyer (doc).