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

Scientific Agenda

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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.
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Previous conference attendee evaluations indicated that the abstract podium presentations enhanced the effectiveness of the conference and helped to stimulate discussions surrounding community centered, basic, and clinical research; and health policy. Evaluations, most importantly, indicated that presentations initiated discussions on the inclusion of interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations between community, academic and other resource partners. Our planning committee continues to build on this momentum as we develop content for the 2019 Conference.

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration & Check-in
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pre-Conference Workshop
Strategies for Developing Effective Grant Proposals
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM Plenary Session I & Opening
Upstreaming & Downstreaming: Health Disparities Across the Life Course
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Plenary Session II
Biomedical Innovations: Data Science in Relationship to Digital Innovations
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM Concurrent Tracks Overview
Introduction to Upstreaming and Downstreaming Sessions and Deliverables Development
4:20 PM – 5:30 PM Concurrent Session Track 1A
Upstream Determinants of Health: Opioids, Substance Abuse, and Mental&Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Session Track 2A
Upstream Determinants of Health: HIV & Sexual Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Session 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 Session Track 1B
Downstream Determinants of Health: Opioids, Substance Abuse, & Mental Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Session Track 2B
Downstream Determinants of Health: HIV & Sexual Health Across the Life Course
  Concurrent Session 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 – 4:15 PM Plenary Session IV
Intersectionality of Social Justice
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 V
The Integration of Upstream & Downstream Determinants of Health
10:20 AM – 11:50 AM Plenary Session VI
John Ruffin Young Investigator, Awards, & Closing

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