Annual Science of Health Equity Summit: The Science of Health Equity
HEAL’s Annual Science of Health Equity Summit will highlight current evidence-based health equity work being done here at the University of Iowa and in other areas around the United States through a perspective of how local initiatives impact global health equity and vice versa. The Department of Community and Behavioral Health’s Sprince Zwerling Award for Social Justice will be presented to a graduate student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health with interests in promoting health equity and social justice at this event.
Please check back for more updates regarding the Sixth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit in Spring 2022!
Event is free to public and all University affiliates. Community involvement is encouraged.
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 Jessica Andino at email@example.com.
Recap of Previous HEAL Events
Fifth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit (April 23, 2021)
HEAL continued with a Zoom webinar in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed individuals across the country to join us this day. The Fifth Annual Science of Health Equity continued its success in 2021! We are grateful for the support from the College of Public Health, HEAL members, and our guest speaker Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa.
The Fifth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit
Friday, April 23rd
Keynote presentation by Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa
Dr. Airhihenbuwa is an expert in creating solutions to promote health equity in national and global health and has more than 30 years of experience advancing research on culture, identity and health to inform strategies for training young professionals to conduct health behavior and public health research and intervention. Dr. Airhihenbuwa leads the interdisciplinary team known as the Global Research Against Non-communicable Disease (GRAND) Initiative at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also a Professor of Health Management & Policy.
Sprince Zwerling Award for Social Justice
The 2021 Sprince Zwerling Award for Social Justice will be presented to a graduate student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health with interests in promoting health equity and social justice.
Fourth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit (April 6, 2020)
The Fourth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit
Monday, April 6
Due to University policies for spring 2020 regarding COVID-19, the Fourth Annual Science of Health Equity Summit was hosted virtually via Zoom.
Disrupting Links: A Webinar Reflecting on Criminal Justice and Health Equity
As part of the annual Science of Health Equity Summit, join us for a discussion about the intersection of the criminal justice system and health disparities. Hear from panelists working to disrupt these links. This discussion will serve as part of the College of Public Health’s Spotlight Series.
Dave Schwind– Iowa City Police Department
Michelle Heinz– Inside Out Reentry Community
Ashley Wood– Abbe Center for Community Health
Mark Berg– Associate Professor in Sociology & Criminology, University of Iowa
Third Annual Science of Health Equity Summit (April 4, 2019)
The Third Annual Science of Health Equity Summit
Thursday, April 4
The event began in the Atrium where 13 students presented posters on the health-equity work being accomplished at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. The poster presentations began the conversations of this year’s theme, “Global to Local”. PDF versions of the posters presented can be found under this excerpt.
During our next session, HEAL students who volunteered to complete a case study on a local to global health equity issue of their choosing, presented their findings in a PechaKucha format. PechaKucha is a presentation format where presenters show 20 images each for 20 seconds as a supplement to the talking points they prepare. Following these presentations, a panel of students provided insights on their preparation and participation in this year’s Summit event.
Keynote Speaker for 2019 Science of Health Equity Summit:
The keynote speaker, and 2018 Hansen Award Recipient, Bernard Tyson, gave a captivating lecture on Kaiser Permanente’s role to achieve equity in health care. Mr. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals which is known as Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to drive the need for affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and the 67 million residents in its communities. A recording of this talk, “Getting to Equity in Health Care: lessons from Kaiser Permanente” can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLiYyEP0lH0.
We concluded the day with a bilingual mixed community and academic panel, which gave admirable insight on addressing health equity in the context of this year’s theme. We were fortunate to hear from a local community advocate, Marcela Hurtado, and fellow academics, Drs. Brandi Janssen and Nicole Novak who break barriers to health equity throughout the Iowa City community and beyond. The panelist discussed the implications of local health equity on global health equity, the import role of public health practitioners play in advocating for global and local health equity, and the barriers we face in achieving health equity.
Student Posters at 2019 Science of Health Equity Summit
- HPV Vaccination in Rural Iowa – Perceptions from School Nurses in 7 Counties
- Description and Evaluation of Influences on Childhood Diarrhea in Rural Western Ghana
- Summer Food Service Program in Iowa
- Understanding the Health Impacts of Immigration Detention
Student PechaKucha Presentations at 2019 Science of Health Equity Summit
- Migrant Farmworkers, Agricultural Practices, and Climate Change: The Effects of Climate Change on Iowa Migrant Worker Health
- Double Burden of Malnutrition: A Case Study
Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit (April 5, 2018)
The Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit
Thursday, April 5
The event kicked off in the College atrium where 14 student posters were presented on the health equity-related work being accomplished at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and in Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. These posters sparked conversations on health equity that could be heard throughout the College of Public Health building. PDF versions of the posters presented can be found underneath this excerpt.
The mixed panel of faculty and community partners engaged in health equity work gave wonderful insights into the barriers, challenges, and future prospects for the field of community-engaged health equity work.
During the staff lightening round, HEAL staff discussed the health equity-based research being conducted by our lab and this research’s implications to the field of health equity.
We concluded the day with a riveting talk by Drs. Kathleen Call and Farhiya Farah on the community engaged-policy work that they are accomplishing in Minnesota to improve the health prospects for the people in the Minneapolis, Saint Paul area. View a recording of this talk.
Keynote Speakers for 2018 Science of Health Equity Summit:
Drs. Kathleen Call and Farhiya Farah discussed, “Using Community Based Participatory Research to Help Advance Public Health Policy.”
Dr. Farhiya Farah is a Senior Consultant at GlobeGlow Consulting and Research, Inc in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her work includes the provision of consulting services in multiple public health arenas including food safety training, ethnic food business, community based participatory research work, healthy homes and lead poison prevention policy, and grant Development. She has been very involved in her community and serves as a liaison between the Somali Community in Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the University of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Public Health Department, and other community groups and organizations in the area.
Dr. Call graduated with her PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on access to health care and health insurance among disparity populations; how well health insurance translates into equitable access to health care, and developing community-driven solutions to overcome the barriers that people face to accessing health care. She is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and is the co-director of the School of Public Health’s Healthy Equity Work Group.
Student Posters at 2018 Science of Health Equity Summit
- Addressing Pediatric Obesity Through a Parenting Stress Intervention
- Working Conditions that Exacerbate the Risk of Hypertension in Latinos Working in Meat Packing Plants
- Access to Care Versus Ability to Pay Among Expectant and Parenting Student Mothers
- What are the Important Characteristics of Successful Community Health Worker Interventions to Increase HPV Vaccination in Rural Latinx Communities
- Masculinity’s Role and Contribution to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Impacting Latino Men’s Overall Health Equity
- Is Justice Truly Justice for All?
- Using SOPARC to Inform Active Living Planning in Micropolitan Cities in the Midwest
- The Need of Mobile Clinic in Rural Iowa Communities
- Restructuring Interventions to Restructure Inequity: a Paradigm Shift Toward Complexity
- Where Expectant and Parenting Community College Students Seek Information: Implications for Community College Programming
- Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing an Evidence-Based Parenting Program with Families at-risk for Health Inequities
- Patient Characteristics and Services Provided in a Student-Run Free Mental Health Clinic
- Engaging the Latina Community through Ottumwa Activa: A Faith-Based Approach
- Re-adapting the Shop Healthy Iowa (SHI) Toolkit and Store Manager Guide for Latino Communities
First Annual Science of Health Equity Summit (April 17, 2017)
The First Annual Science of Health Equity Summit
Monday, April 17
The event began in the College of Public Health building Atrium with student poster presentations. These posters displayed various work done at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health and Kansas City’s Children Mercy Hospital as it pertains to promoting health equity. PDF versions of the posters presented can be found under this excerpt.
After the post presentation, a staff panel was held with Lilli Mann, Lauren Slagel, and Becky Bucklin. During this panel, the staff members discussed the various research projects they assist and how health equity is factored into their work.
During the staff panel, the HEAL staff presented on their work and how their research pertained to the field of health equity.
We concluded the day with a fascinating talk by Dr. Scott Rhodes and Lilli Mann on how community-engaged research helps in understanding of the multilevel influences on the health of vulnerable communities including the LGBT communities and the communities of color.
The Keynote Speakers
Dr. Scott Rhodes and Lilli Mann discussed “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.
Lilli 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.
Student Posters at 2017 Science of Health Equity Summit
- Exploring Factors Associated with HPV Vaccines and Boys in Latino Community in West Liberty
- The Importance of HPV Education within Latino Culture
- The Role of Psychosocial Factors on Elevated Levels of Blood Pressure Among Residents of a Midwestern Micropolitan Community