HEAL presents Science of Health Equity summit

Published on March 17, 2017

The University of Iowa’s Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) is presenting “The Science of Health Equity,” a summit on the health equity science and the work being done in the field at the University of Iowa as well as at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and at the Wake forest College of Medicine in North Carolina. The event is free and open to all university affiliates and the general public.
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Schedule of events

The summit will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 17 at the College of Public Health Building at the University of Iowa.

  • 9 -10:30 a.m. Welcome and student poster presentations (CPHB Atrium)
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. When the Rubber Meets the Road:  Staff Perspective on Making the Science of Health Equity Work (CPHB N120)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Laying the Foundations for a More Equitable Future:  A Lightning Round of Faculty’s Field-based Health Equity Research (CPHB N120)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Scott Rhodes, Professor and Chair and Lilli Mann, Research Associate for Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine:  Promoting Health Equity through Community Engaged Research:  Examples and Outcomes from North Carolina (CPHB N120)

Welcome and Student Poster Presentations (9 – 10:30 a.m.)

This event will discuss the science behind health equity and will emphasis much of the work that is being done in the health equity field here at the University of Iowa as well as by our colleagues at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and at the Wake Forest College of Medicine in North Carolina.  The day will start with student poster presentations in the CPHB Atrium.

These posters will display various student work being done at the University of Iowa as it pertains to promoting health equity. If you are a University of Iowa student and would like to present at this event, please respond to our call for abstracts. To be considered for entry in the poster session, abstracts must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March, 31, 2017.  Please send all questions pertaining to poster abstracts to rebecca-bucklin@uiowa.edu.  While guests or the summit enjoy the poster session, free light refreshments and coffee will be available.

When the Rubber Meets the Road:  Staff Perspective on Making the Science of Health Equity Work (10:45 – 11:15 a.m.)

Following the poster presentation in the CPHB Atrium, a staff panel will be held with Lilli Mann, Lauren Slagel, and Becky Bucklin in CPHB N120.  During this panel, the staff members will discuss the various research projects they assist with and how health equity is factored into the work they complete on these projects.


Lilli MannLilli Mann is a research associate from Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy.  She received her MPH at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health from the Department of Health Behavior and her BA for the College of William and Mary in Sociology and Hispanic Studies.  She assists with the implementation and evaluation community-based participatory research (CBPR) studies focusing on HIV prevention interventions with Latino immigrant populations.


A portrait of Lauren Slagel of the University of Iowa College of Public HealthLauren Slagel is a research assistant at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She received her MPH from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Community Behavioral Health and her BA in Biology and Exercise Science from St. Olaf College. She assists on Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger’s research projects which focus on breaking the intergenerational cycle of toxic stress by enhancing the capacity of caregivers to promote resilience in children at-risk for lifelong health problems. She also assists in community-engaged capacity building efforts which include coordinating the 2Gen Thrive Community Action Board and engaging with community stakeholders.


Becky Bucklin is a Research Assistant at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.  She received her MPH from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Community Behavioral Health and her BS in Nutrition and Wellness from Bradley University.  Her work focuses on managing CBPR projects to increase physical activity and promote healthy retail for underserved populations.

Laying the Foundations for a More Equitable Future:
A Lightning Round of Faculty’s Field-based Health Equity Research (11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

The research lightning round will consist of individual presentations provided by HEAL research faculty on the research they are currently undertaking and how this research pertains to the field of health equity.  Each faculty member will speak for around 10 minutes with some time left at the end of their presentations for questions.  The presenting faculty are Dr. Barbara Baquero, Dr. Paul Gilbert, Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa, Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger.  This lightning round will take place in CPHB N120.


A portrait of Barbara Baquero of the Department of Community and Behavior Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Dr. Barbara Baquero is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Behavioral Health Department in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.  She graduated with her PhD and MPH in Health Promotion from San Diego State University and received her BA in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Maracaibo, Venezuela.  Dr. Baquero’s conducts research guided by CBPR principles and the social-ecological framework.  Her work focuses on identifying, understanding, implementing, and evaluating interventions in obesity and chronic disease prevention and control through the study of social, cultural, and structural factors.  Much of her efforts work to reduce and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the US.


A portrait of Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Dr. Paul Gilbert is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Behavioral Health Department in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.  Dr. Gilbert graduated with his PhD from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in Health Behavior and his ScM in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He uses participatory, action-oriented principles in his research to advance the fields of health equity and alcohol-related disparities using mixed-methods study designs.


A portrait of Jason Daniel Ulloa of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Community and Behavioral Health Department in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.  He graduated with his PhD in Health Behavior Science, his MPH, and his BA in Psychology from San Diego State University.  Dr. Daniel-Ulloa uses community engaged research approaches by establishing partnerships with local community members and organizations to decrease health disparities.  One of his areas of focus is STD research with current work being done through the UI Mobile Clinic in cancer prevention and HPV vaccination.  Additional research interests include healthy masculinity among Latino men and decreasing gender-based violence.


A portrait of Briana Woods-Jaeger of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger is an Assistant Professor at the Children’s Mercy Kansas City and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Community and Behavioral Health Department at the University of Iowa college of Public Health. Dr. Woods-Jaeger received her PhD and MS in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Washington and her BA in Psychology from Duke University.    Her research interests include examine the relationship between traumatic stress, social support, and health outcomes; and intervention development and implementation research to promote resilience and health among African American communities. Using a community-based participatory research approach, she focuses on promoting health equity through partnering with diverse communities.

Scott Rhodes and Lilli Mann presentation on  Promoting Health Equity through Community Engaged Research:  Examples and Outcomes from North Carolina (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)

Lilli MannScott RhodesThe keynote speakers for the Science of Health Equity summit are Dr. Scott Rhodes and Lilli Mann.  This talk will take place in CPHB N120 and will be a part of the College of Public Health’s Spotlight Series.  Their talk is titled “Promoting Health Equity through Community Engaged Research:  Examples and Outcomes from North Carolina.”

Dr. Rhodes graduated with his PhD in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his MPH in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and his BA in Government from William and Mary. His research interest include HIV infections, homosexuality, sexual behavior, emigrants and immigrant populations, and Hispanic Americans.

Scott Rhodes is currently the department chair and a professor of the Department of Social Science and Policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina.

During his talk, with the assistance of Lilli, they will discuss the use of community-engaged research to understand the multilevel influences on the health of vulnerable communities, including LGBT communities and communities of color.  Examples of successful interventions that harness engagement to improve community health through establishing partnerships will be given.

Register for The Science of Health Equity

Science of Health Equity Registration

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Becky Bucklin at rebecca-bucklin@uiowa.edu or 309-678-2352.

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