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From Disparity to Equity:
Building Healthier Communities

Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education will host its Ninth Health Disparities Conference February 29 – March 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals), health policy makers, researchers, health educators, public and community health leaders, and students whose work incorporates the use of multidisciplinary partnerships that build collaborations to eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and create healthier communities.

The objectives for the conference, titled From Disparity to Equity: Building Healthier Communities, are:

  • Identify resources to build on community resiliency and partnerships by capitalizing on the community's strength and resources to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity;
  • Develop and evaluate evidence-based solutions that are driven by social, economic, policy, scientific, clinical and environmental factors;
  • Assess the needs of a diverse workforce in building healthier communities; and
  • Discuss the role of population health in research and interventions.

Previous conference attendee evaluations indicated that the abstract podium presentations enhanced the effectiveness of the conference and helped to stimulate discussions surrounding clinical strategies, basic science, health policy, and research disciplines. Evaluations, most importantly, indicated that presentations initiated discussions on the inclusion of interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations. Our planning committee will continue to build on this momentum as we develop content for the 2016 Conference.

We invite you to submit abstracts for poster and podium presentations. We look forward to your continued support of programming from XULA-COP CMHDRE!


Kathleen B. Kennedy, PharmD — Conference Chair
Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy
Xavier University of Louisiana

Daniel F. Sarpong, PhD — Conference Co-Chair
Endowed Chair and Director, CMHDRE
Xavier University of Louisiana


The mission of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) is to provide the infrastructure required to conduct research. In addition, the center is charged with providing basic, clinical, and behavioral experiential training and community outreach education aimed at eliminating health disparities.

The overarching goals of the CMHDRE are to: a) provide an environment to support and strengthen research interest and activities of current and new faculty members related to health disparities with a focus on diabetes and cancer; b) develop student-oriented programs to support and promote student involvement in research activities; and c) integrate health promotion, education, and disease prevention into primary care services. Accomplishing these goals will increase the ability of the College to produce a pool of well-educated health professionals and biomedical researchers attuned to the issues of disparities research.