Implementing Interprofessional Collaborations that Achieve Health Equity and Eliminate Health Disparities

Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education will host its Seventh Health Disparities Conference March 10–12, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals), health policy makers, researchers, health educators, and public and community health leaders whose work incorporates the use of mid–level providers to build collaborations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.

The objectives for the conference, titled Implementing Interprofessional Collaborations that Achieve Health Equity and Eliminate Health Disparities, are:

  • Examine partnerships between patients and communities to eliminate health and healthcare disparities,
  • Discuss interprofessional models that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities,
  • Examine new partnership opportunities that result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and
  • Review the impact of patient and community partnerships designed to reduce racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.

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, research disciplines, and most importantly, the inclusion of mid–level providers in interprofessional collaborations. Our planning committee will continue to build on this momentum as we develop content for the 2014 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 — Program Co–Chair
Daniel F. Sarpong, PhD — Program Co–Chair


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.