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Upcoming Health Equity Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars

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AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series

This April, AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy celebrated National Minority Health Month with the launch of the Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series. The series kicked off during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), an awareness-raising campaign for maternal health and health care disparities.  
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women—and this disparity increases with age. Pregnancy-related deaths for Black and AI/AN women older than 30 are four to five times higher than for white women.  This series will highlight the unique role of academic medicine in the fight for maternal health justice and feature physicians, community leaders, and researchers who are committed to eliminating these inequities. 

Part One: Context Past & Present
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha of Tufts University gave an overview of the factors that exacerbate maternal health disparities for women of color in the United States and provided the historical context that underpins current inequities. The presentation also showcased organizations working to address the crisis, as well as emerging policy and legislative opportunities. Download the slides (PDF).

Part Two
Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Maternal Health Across Appalachia and Indian Country
Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

The second installment of the series focused on the health disparities faced by mothers of color in rural America, especially American Indian and Alaska Native women. Download the slides (PDF) and additional resources (PDF).

Inequities in Infant & Maternal Health in West Virginia: A Set of Recommendations
Dr. Lauri Andress of West Virginia University School of Public Health presented how the rural state of West Virginia has handled maternal and infant mortality disparities in the 21st century told from the sociopolitical perspective of her experiences as a public health communications expert, political aide, and academician. 

Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: Cultural Practices that Promote Positive Maternal Health Outcomes in Native Women and Families 
While Native communities face disparate health conditions, traditional practices, cultural values and language resiliency help sustain healthy Native families and children. Hannabah Blue, MS and Vanessa Tibbitts, MA provided introductory information about Native public health, clinical systems, and health disparities and shared cultural practices, success stories, resources and best practices in supporting the care of Native communities, with particular focus on Native women and families.

Part Three: Advancing Maternal Health Equity in Refugee Communities
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, founding director of the Refugee Women’s Clinic at Valleywise Health, provided an overview of the global refugee crisis with special attention to the vulnerabilities faced by refugee women and the challenges providers face in the delivery of high quality culturally competent care. A specific lens focused on the cultural practice of Female Genital Cutting as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  As a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist, Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu shared her perspectives regarding innovative models of patient care for refugee women and best practice strategies in the provision of linguistically and culturally-appropriate care that optimizes reproductive health outcomes, and promotes the healing, health and wellness of refugee women. Download the slides (PDF).


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Just Announced

Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting
November 16-18, 2020
All virtual

September 2020

Advancing Interoperability: Social Determinants of Health Workshop
September 21, 2020

COVID-19 Research with Deaf People Who Use American Sign Language
September 23, 2020
1 p.m. ET

Systemic Racism, Disparities and Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latino Health
September 23, 2020
1 - 2 p.m. ET

38th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health
September 23-26, 2020
All virtual

American Healthcare After COVID-19: Transforming the System Sector-by-Sector
September 24, 2020
11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET

Latino Community: Achieving Equity in Cancer Clinical Trials
September 24, 2020
1 p.m. ET

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Enrolling Participants
September 24, 2020
7-8 p.m. ET

6th UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities
September 26, 2020
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET

Aligning for Health Social Determinants Forum: Health and Housing
September 28, 2020
1 p.m. ET

[CANCELLED] 2020 Minority Health & Health Equity Conference
September 29, 2020
York, NE

Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health
September 29, 2020
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET 

Conducting Health Research with Hard to Reach Populations
September 29, 2020
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET 

Addressing Poverty and Racism As Public Health Threats
September 30, 2020
1 - 2:15 p.m. ET

IAPHS Fall Conference: Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health
September 30 – October 2, 2020
All virtual

October 2020

The Root Cause Coalition: 2020 National Summit on Social Determinants of Health
October 4-6, 2020

All virtual

Succeeding in Value Based Care: Leveraging Population Health Management Strategies
October 5, 2020
Philadelphia, PA (webcast available)

Fifth National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health
October 5-7, 2020
All virtual

Population Health Colloquium
Special Virtual Edition: Addressing Healthcare Challenges during the Pandemic – The Role of Population Health
October 5-7, 2020
All virtual

[CANCELLED] Communities Joined in Action’s (CJA) National Conference: Partnering to Build Equitable Communities
October 12-14, 2020
New Orleans, LA

All In Webinar: Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration, a Three-Part Series (Part 3)
October 14, 2020
3-4 p.m. ET

2020 Transforming Care - Conference on LGBTQ Health Equity and HIV
October 14-16, 2020
All virtual

2020 Cancer Summit: Health Equity in the Fight to End Cancer in Rural America
October 21, 2020
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Population Health Alliance 2020 Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus
October 27-28, 2020
All virtual

Systems for Action: Closing Gaps in Health and Social Services for Low-Income Pregnant Women
October 28, 2020
12 p.m. ET

The Camden Coalition and the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs: Putting Care at the Center 2020
October 28-30, 2020
All virtual

November 2020 and Later

Systems for Action: Can Subsidized Transportation Options Slow Diabetes Progression?
November 11, 2020
12 p.m. ET

The Future of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in Medicine & Technology Workshop
November 11, 2020
San Francisco, CA

The New Essential Public Health Services Framework: Implications for Boards of Health
November 12, 2020
4 p.m. ET

On Common Ground: Becoming Together with Refugees and Immigrants
November 12-13, 2020
Wauwatosa, WI

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2020 Health Summit
November 17, 2020
Washington, DC

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute: Building Effective Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice
December 1, 3, 8, & 10, 2020
All virtual

Modern Healthcare Social Determinants of Health Symposium
December 8, 2020
All virtual

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Seniors
December 10, 2020
3-4 p.m. ET

Dissemination and Implementation Science in a Dynamic, Diverse, and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of our Time
December 14-16, 2020
All virtual

SYNChronicity 2020: The National Conference for HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ Health
December 15-17, 2020
Washington, DC

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Research
January 28, 2021
3-4 p.m. ET

All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Women's Health
May 27, 2021
3-4 p.m. ET

International Conference on Improving the Health of Rural, Minority Populations and Health Equity
August 23-24, 2021
Budapest, Hungary & Rome, Italy

Conferences and meetings related to health equity research and policy are updated regularly. If you know of an upcoming event that is not listed here, please email with the relevant conference information/links to be included.

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