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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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View a complete listing of AAMC conferences affected by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Accepting Proposals

Dissemination and Implementation Science in a Dynamic, Diverse, and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of our Time
December 14-16, 2020
Washington, DC (Proposal Deadline: July 28, 2020)

July 2020 

NACCHO 360: Raising the Reach of Public Health Conference
July 7-9, 2020
Denver, CO (all virtual)

Aligning Health and Social Systems to Expand Evidence-Based Home-Visiting
July 8, 2020
12 p.m. ET

Lunch & Learn- Rural Reach: A Strategic Communication Approach to Reaching the Rural Poor
July 9, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. ET

GREAT Webinar: NIMHD Director’s Update
July 9, 2020
2 p.m. ET

COVID-19: Disproportionate Impact on Tribal Nations
July 9, 2020
3 p.m. ET

[POSTPONED] Council of Agencies Serving South Asians 9th Annual Health Equity Summit
July 15, 2020
Brampton, ON

Preventive Medicine 2020 Online
July 15, July 29, August 12, 2020
11 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET 

US COVID-19 Mapping: Bridging Data with Historical Context
July 21, 2020
3 p.m. ET

COVID-19 Health Disparities, Diabetes, and Communities of Color
July 22, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

NHMA COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series – Session 3: COVID-19 Impact on Health Care Delivery
July 22, 2020 
7-8 p.m. ET

[POSTPONED to August 19-21, 2021] Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference
July 23-25, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

Data Sharing and the Law: Overcoming Health Care Sector Barriers to Sharing Data on Social Determinants
July 30, 2020

12 p.m. ET

August 2020 and Later

[CANCELLED] 2020 ACU Annual Conference: Connecting Advocacy, Leadership, and Service
August 2-5, 2020
Washington, DC

2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
August 9-14, 2020
Washington, DC (all virtual)

Understanding Interdisciplinary Career Paths In Population Health
August 12, 2020
12-1:30 p.m. ET

Responding to Crisis in the Latino Population with an Equity Lens
August 13, 2020
3 p.m. ET

Community Information Exchange Summit 2020
August 12-14, 2020
​All virtual ​​​​

7th Annual State of Disparities in the African American Family Community Empowerment through Policy Change
August 14-15, 2020
Cleveland, OH

2020 American Indian Elders Conference: Resilience for Tomorrow… Together
August 17-21, 2020
Reno, NV 

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 2020 International Conference
August 18-21, 2020
Flint, MI

NACCHO 2020 Preparedness Summit: Fixing Our Fault Lines: Addressing Systemic Vulnerabilities
August 23-26, 2020
Dallas, TX 

2020 AAMC Joint Professional Conference: Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT) Group and Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)
September 10-12, 2020
Chicago, IL

2020 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference
September 16-18, 2020
New Orleans, LA 

2020 Latino Behavioral Health Conference: Shaping the Vision of Latino Behavioral Health Equity
September 16-18, 2020
Los Angeles, CA 

38th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health
September 23-26, 2020
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2020 Minority Health & Health Equity Conference
September 29, 2020
York, NE

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

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

Kansas City, MO

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

Population Health Colloquium
October 5-7, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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

Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting
November 13-17, 2020
Washington, DC

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

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

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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