Reducing Health Disparities through Transformation of Education

Conference Dates: June 15-16, 2013 – Pre-Conference Reception on June 14th.

Pre-Conference Reception

The Pre-conference Reception will be held at One Washington Circle Hotel from 6:30 to 8:00 for speakers, members of the Advisory Board, scholarship recipients, and students.
Day One: June 15, 2013 
Location: National Academy of Sciences,  2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Day One: Morning 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
8:30 – 8:45 am: Introductions and Agenda for Conference


8:45 – 10:15 am: Defining the Problem: Identifying the Opportunity

Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan - As Founding President of Morehouse Medical College and former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sullivan will explore why diversity is critical to reducing health disparities. Strategies to increase diversity as outlined in the Sullivan Commission report, Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, will frame the focus on this conference on transformation of the learning environment.


Implicit Bias in the Learning Environment 
Professor Brian Nosek – Implicit biases are rooted in the ordinary operations of the mind. They are pervasive, but they are not immutable. The impact of implicit bias is now evident in medicine where clinical decisions worsen health outcomes for minority persons. This talk will explore evidence that exists on bias in the classroom with ideas about how to address it.


Making the Case: the Need for New Curricula and Educational Programs 
Professor Darlene Clark Hine – Hine will explore some of the potential adverse consequences of an unchecked decline in the representation of African Americans in the nursing, dental, and medical professions and how curricular reforms at all levels that increase the inclusion of the life
stories and accomplishments of black health professionals improves the chance of recruiting minority students in coming years.


Break: 10:15 – 10:30 am


10:30 - 12:00 noon: Resources on African Americans in Science and the Health Professions
Panel Discussion: The speakers will describe open access online resources designed for use in education and public programming to promote the history of African Americans in science and the health professions.

  • Preston Reynolds – An online resource CHAAMP: Collection on the History of African Americans in the Medical Professions
  • JD Talasek – An online biographical gallery of outstanding African Americans in science, medicine and engineering
  • Vivian Pinn and P Reynolds – Online exhibits of the National Library of Medicine including “Changing the Face of Medicine”


Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Day One: Afternon 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Resources for Teaching about African Americans in Science and the Health Professions


1:00 – 2:20 pm: Transforming Classrooms: Art, Biography, and History to Vision a Future in Science and the Health Professions; K – University


Ben Volta – Working in a Philadelphia middle school, Volta has encouraged students in grades 5 – 8 to turn biographies of African American scientists into art.  The project, entitled “Historical Catalyst”, provides a hands-on process for inspiring students to envision their own greatness.


Gertrude Fraser – Fraser as an anthropologist has focused her research and teaching on the impact of the culture of medicine on health disparities, and the history of black midwives.  She will describe engaging students using primary and secondary resources in courses and lectures.


Preston Reynolds – Reynolds as a physician-historian teaches courses on the history of African Americans in the health professions.  She will illustrate use of the online tool, CHAAMP: Collection on the History of  African Americans in the Medical Professions in preparing course syllabi and instructional programs, and in research.


Kathleen Bethel – An African American Studies Librarian, Bethel will showcase resources available for scholarship and education in the classroom including The HistoryMaker’s collection of oral history interviews of African Americans in science and the health professions. Approaches to academic use of open access and proprietary resources will be presented.


Break: 2:20 – 2:45 pm (move to workshops)


2:45 – 5:30 pm: Workshops: Resources for Teaching and Programming

(each workshop is 35 min to allow participants to rotate to all 4 sessions)


4 break-out sessions to illustrate websites developed by

  •  Preston Reynolds – CHAAMP
  • J.D. Talasek – National Academy of Sciences
  • National Library of Medicine
  • Kathleen Bethel: The HistoryMakers


5:30 – 7:00 pm: Reception at the NAS for Conference Participants, Speakers and Students


6:30 – 8:00 pm: Building Curricula and Launching New Programs 

Hands-on training. The evening session will provide participants hands-on training on how to use these online resources, and the opportunity to talk with faculty and librarians engaged in teaching at the K-12 level, college and health professions schools.


Day Two: June 16, 2013


Day Two: Morning 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

8:00 – 8:10 am: Introductions and Agenda


8:10 – 10:00 am: Engaging Students and the Public through Exhibits and Programming


8:10 – 8:40 am

Frederic Bertley – Through his work at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Bertley has mastered the art of engaging students and the public through “The Color of Science” exhibits and programming, and will share his insights and expertise on developing successful programs.


Panel Discussions & Traveling Exhibits, 8:40 – 10:00 am: 
Speakers for these panel discussion will describe traveling exhibits that illustrate the contributions of African Americans in science, medicine, dentistry, nurse midwifery, surgery and their contributions during the Civil War as nurses, physicians and health volunteers:

  • National Dental Museum traveling exhibit – Scott Swank
  • National Library of Medicine traveling exhibits – Jiwon Kiim
  • Use of social media in promoting public programming – Scot French
  • Health science and public library education and community engagement – Cassandra Allen


Traveling Exhibits – Building local programming:

  • NLM – Jiwom Kim
  • Social media – Scot French
  • National Dental Museum – Scott Swank
  • Health science and public library education and public outreach – Cassandra Allen


Break: 10:00 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 12:30 pm: Workshops: Implementing Exhibits in Educational and Public Programming 

(each workshops is 30 min to allow participants to rotate to all 4 sessions)

  • National Library of Medicine - Jiwon Kim
  • Scot French - National Academy of Sciences
  • Scott Swank - National Museum of Dentistry
  • Cassandra Allen – Health science and public library education and community engagement


12:30 – 1:00 pm: Summary and Evaluation

Lunch: 1:00 – 1:30 pm


Additional Workshops

1:30 – 4:00 pm: Repeat selected workshops to provide participants more opportunity to use online resources and learn about the traveling exhibits