Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions — Targeting Health Disparities & Health Equity

Scientific Agenda

Upstream determinants of health disparities are social, economic, and political factors, largely outside the control of the individual, which have significant direct and indirect effects on populations experiencing them; while downstream determinants of health disparities are those factors which have a direct or indirect effect on personal health outcomes.

An “upstream” approach to preventing health disparities uses interventions which target changes to the natural, built, social, and policy environments which create and/or support conditions that lead to disparate health outcomes among populations, while a “downstream” approach to preventing health disparities uses interventions that target change at the individual level in knowledge, attitudes, and/or behaviors.

The overall goal of this conference is to further the understanding of participants on the inter-relationship between upstream and downstream approaches to preventing health disparities across the life course and ways to integrate these approaches in order to provide a more comprehensive approach. At the end of the conference, participants will have a better understanding of how to incorporate both upstream and downstream approaches across the life course in preventing disparate health outcomes at both an individual and population level.

The 2019 Health Disparities Conference is designed to:

  • Provide an overview of upstream and downstream approaches to preventing health disparities across the life course;
  • Examine the role of the natural, built, social, and policy environments in promoting and/or sustaining health disparities across the life course;
  • Review downstream strategies for preventing health disparities across the life course; and
  • Make recommendations that advance the integration of upstream and downstream approaches and improve health equity at both an individual and population level.

Tailored to attendees' interests around community-centered basic and clinical research and health policy, this conference program is designed to highlight excellence in research and public health models that are sustainable, replicable, culturally appropriate, and that contribute to health equity.

Program Outline

This program is subject to change.
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the program outline.

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration & Check-in
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pre-Conference Symposium
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM Plenary Session I & Opening
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Plenary Session II
Biomedical Innovations: Data Science in Relationship to Digital Innovations
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM Working Groups Overview
Introduction to Working Group Sessions & Deliverables Development
4:20 PM – 5:30 PM Concurrent Working Group Track 1A
Upstream Determinants of Health: Opioids & Substance Abuse Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Working Group Track 2A
Upstream Determinants of Health: HIV & Sexual Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Working Group Track 3A
Upstream Determinants of Health: Adverse Childhood Experiences
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception & Poster Session 1
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM Conference Registration & Check-in
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Concurrent Working Group Track 1B
Downstream Determinants of Health: Opioids & Substance Abuse Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Working Group Track 2B
Downstream Determinants of Health: HIV & Sexual Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Working Group Track 3B
Downstream Determinants of Health: Adverse Childhood Experiences
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Concurrent Breakout Session A
Mobilizing Community Partnership
  Concurrent Breakout Session B
Translational Health Equity Science
  Concurrent Breakout Session C
Policy
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Plenary Session III
John Ruffin Lecture & Lunch
1:40 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Podium Presentation Session A
Disease Management & Disparities through Inter-professional Relationships
  Concurrent Podium Presentation Session B
Health Services, Policy & Social Determinants of Health
  Concurrent Podium Presentation Session C
Health Maintenance & Prevention in Special Populations
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Working Groups General Session
The Integration of Upstream & Downstream Determinants of Public Health
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Reception & Poster Session 2

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7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Conference Registration & Check-in
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM Plenary Session IV
Intersectionality of Social Justice
10:20 AM – 11:50 AM Plenary Session V
John Ruffin Young Investigator, Awards, & Closing

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