We are soliciting abstracts for podium and poster presentation. More specifically, we seek scientific and/or informative abstracts that reflect the focus of the conference. The upcoming conference will focus on replicable multidisciplinary collaborative models and approaches from the clinical, research, and community arenas that integrate all levels of providers to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. Selected abstracts will be presented during poster sessions or podium presentations during Concurrent Scientific Sessions. Please review the Abstract Submittal Guidelines before submitting your abstract.
Abstracts are categorized in broad thematic areas. Please note that reviewers have the authority to reassign categories as necessary and score abstracts according to criteria for a Research Abstract, Policy Abstract, or Clinical Practice Abstract. Download a copy of the 2012 Program Syllabus for previously presented abstracts from the Fifth Health Disparities Conference.
1.0 Disease Process and Disparities
2.0 Health Maintenance / Prevention
3.0 Health Services / Policy
4.0 Social Determinants of Health
THE IMPACT OF HEALTH DISPARITY AWARENESS ON THE HEALTH BEHAVIORS OF STUDENTS AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA
PL Rose; BC Brookover; KB Kennedy; AL Powell
College of Pharmacy (PLR; KBK; ALP), Department of Psychology (BCB)
Xavier University of Louisiana
PURPOSE - To examine the relationship between health disparities, awareness, and behaviors among college students. METHODS - A Campus Health Awareness Survey (CHAS) was completed on the campus of Xavier University of Louisiana. Participants (n=169) answered questions regarding demographics, general health, family medical history, health behaviors, and awareness. RESULTS - For each participant, a summary score, Knowledge of Health Disparities (KHD), was calculated for the total number correct for all of the health disparities diseases and conditions (M=5.11, SD=3.44). A nonparametric bivariate correlation was calculated between health disparities correct and self rated health, rs=+.32, p<.01. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) showed that with a mean KHD of 5.31, African Americans were significantly more aware of health disparities than all other races/ethnicities (3.41), p<.01. Likewise, students with family income greater than $50,000 (6.06) were more aware than those with less than $50,000 (4.33), p<.01. Finally, each level of student classification was significantly more aware than the previous one. There were no significant differences between students who were or were not aware of health disparities for most health behavioral factors, including eating habits and physical activity levels, with the exception of student awareness of diabetes as a health disparity. CONCLUSIONS - The results of the CHAS survey indicate that most students are moderately aware of health disparities; however, they do not associate their health behaviors to an increase in risk. These findings highlight the need for interventions to increase awareness of health disparities and to link knowledge to improved behaviors.