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APHA Webinars: Impact of Racism on Health and Well-Being of the Nation
July 21; August 4 and 18; and September 1
The recent events in Charleston, SC, Baltimore, MD, and Ferguson, MO, remind us that stigma, inequalities, and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities. Learn more and register online. The series will feature four webinars:
• July 21, 2 p.m. EST: Naming and Addressing Racism
• August 4, 2 p.m. EST: Community Violence Well-Being
• August 18, 2 p.m. EST: Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality, and Care
• September 1, 2 p.m. EST: Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement is hosting Metrics that Matter for Population Health Action: A Workshop on July 30 at 8:15 a.m. PST. The field of population health is characterized by an overabundance of measures and indicators, and by multiple efforts to examine the nature, validity, uses, and usefulness of existing measures, and to simplify existing sets to meet the needs of all decision makers, from policymakers to communities. This workshop will (1) highlight existing and emerging population health metrics sets and explore their purposes, areas of overlap and gaps; (2) highlight population health metrics with attention to equity/disparities; (3) discuss characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action (across multiple sectors whose engagement is needed to transform the conditions for health in communities); and (4) highlight population health metrics useful to addressing health beyond health care and engaging “total population health.” Attend in person in Oakland, CA, or watch the live broadcast.
APA 2015 Convention
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2015 Annual Convention will be held August 6 to 9 in Toronto, Canada. The convention will host hundreds of sessions on the full range of psychology topics, including many sessions offering continuing education credit. Programs and sessions will cover issues such as health disparities, use of technology, violence, integrated health care, and clinical practice. 2015 convention themes include
• competencies at the intersections of diversities
• promises and pitfalls of technology;
• disparities in health, wellness, justice, and education;
• psychology of work and group dynamics;
• emerging areas of science, practice, and education: lifelong training for psychologists;
• violence, bullying, victimization, and trauma; and
• embracing interdisciplinarity: reaching out beyond psychology.
North American Quitline Consortium Conference
The 2015 North American Quitline Consortium Conference, titled “The Future of Quitlines: Refining and Redefining Our Practices for Success,” will take place August 17 and 18 in Atlanta, GA. Register online by August 10. Through participation in break-out sessions, plenary sessions, networking sessions, and more, attendees will:
• engage in discussions with colleagues and experts from the quitline community, as well as guests from broader tobacco control and chronic disease fields, with a focus on factors that impact the effectiveness and reach of quitlines;
• develop concrete strategies for addressing changes in the health care landscape;
• articulate the value of quitlines as a central component of comprehensive tobacco cessation treatment coverage and tobacco control policy efforts;
• strengthen the quitline community’s knowledge and application of best practices; and
• participate in the generation of new research questions informed by dialogue about current experience from the quitline practice community, findings from the research community, and issues important to partners in tobacco control, chronic diseases, and health systems.
Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Symposium
The American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine are hosting a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum Symposium on August 23-24 in Baltimore, MD. The symposium will cover the 15 physician lifestyle medicine competencies identified by a national blue ribbon panel as well as key modules in nutrition and weight management.
2015 Geographic Health Equity Symposium
The Geographic Health Equity Symposium is the signature-training event that presents strategies to address tobacco and cancer health disparities through a geographic lens. The Geographic Health Equity Alliance is pleased to invite you to engage with staff and featured trainers during this year’s symposium, to be held in New Orleans, LA, on September 10 to 11. The 2015 symposium will showcase the latest approaches in geographic health disparities, especially those particularly unique to rural populations and cities located in southern states. Attendees will hear national, state, and local experts share cutting-edge tactics for reducing tobacco use and increasing the number of individuals with access to proper cancer screening, including community-based approaches and policy changes.
Mayo Clinic Delivery Science Summit
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is hosting its inaugural Delivery Science Summit September 16-18. The summit will explore ways to enhance the patient experience, improve population health, and manage the cost of care. Current research and concrete examples will be presented, providing tools for practice implementation, policy change, and further research. Presentations emerge from a variety of institutions and across many disciplines, including health economics, qualitative research, systems engineering, clinical statistics, implementation science, sociology, and clinical informatics.
Climate Health Summit
The Climate Health Summit will offer health professional training on the health risks of climate change and achieving the health benefits of climate solutions on September 20, followed by a legislator education day on September 21 on Capitol Hill. This timely conference for health professionals will
• provide in-depth education on the health impacts of climate change and fossil fuels;
• illustrate the health benefits of addressing climate change;
• increase understanding of the differing health vulnerabilities by region;
• train participants to effectively communicate climate change health impacts and solutions to institutional decision-makers, policymakers, and the public; and
• prepare and organize attendees to educate legislators about the health benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency as health-protective solutions that can contribute to the Clean Power Plan.
Personal behavior patterns (i.e., lifestyle) increase risk for chronic disease and premature death. Unhealthy behaviors (e.g., physical inactivity/unhealthy food choices, tobacco use, prescription opioid abuse) represent the leading cause of chronic disease and premature deaths in the United States and are a major driver behind spiraling health care costs. These risk behaviors are overrepresented among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and are major contributors to the problem of health disparities. During the Third Annual Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities Conference, hosted by the Vermont Center on Behavior & Health (VCBH) on October 1-2, scholars from leading U.S. universities and medical centers will share their research and knowledge on how to apply the concepts and methods of behavioral economics to improve scientific understanding and clinical outcomes with these highly challenging and costly public health problems in the areas of obesity, tobacco use, and prescription opioid abuse. VCBH will once again host its poster session. Submissions in all areas addressed by the conference are welcome. The deadline for poster submissions is August 15. Find more information and register online.
Health 2.0 Ninth Annual Fall Conference
Health 2.0 heads back to Silicon Valley on October 4-7 to examine how another year has impacted and changed health care technology. At the 9th Annual Fall Conference you can look forward to over 200 live product demos, dozens of company launches, merger announcements, and engaging panel discussion with expert speakers.
AHRQ Research Conference
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research conference, held annually from 2007 to 2012, will make a return this year. The conference is scheduled for October 4–6 in Crystal City, VA. AcademyHealth will join AHRQ in hosting the conference, which will again bring together experts in health care research and policy to participate in sessions focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access, and value in health care. In addition, AHRQ and AcademyHealth will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to hold sessions October 6 as part of the AHRQ conference as well as PCORI’s first annual meeting October 6–8. These sessions will address key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research.
PCORI Annual Meeting
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will hold its first Annual Meeting October 6-8 in suburban Washington, DC. This event, coming just after the fifth anniversary of the appointment of PCORI's Board of Governors, will update stakeholder communities on highlights from PCORI’s research portfolio, including early results of completed studies and reviews of important work in progress. The meeting will open with a joint half-day of sessions developed in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research. Interested stakeholders from across the health care community, along with those interested in seeking PCORI funding, are invited to attend this informative meeting. Presenters will include invited PCORI awardees and their patient and other stakeholder partners.
Wireless Health 2015
The annual Wireless Health Conference invites cutting-edge wireless, connected, and mobile health research from engineering, computer science, biomedical, and health disciplines. The 2015 conference will be held October 14-16 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The theme is “Monitoring to Intervention: Actualizing Precision Medicine.” The unique mission of the Wireless Health Conference is to provide the highest‐quality academic, health, and industrial research forum to develop an international community to accelerate the development and adoption of new wireless, mobile, and connected technologies for improving health and lowering costs. Central to this mission is the creation of a nurturing research forum that creates an opportunity for trans-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration. This unique meeting brings together members of the health and technology research communities, device manufacturers, health service providers, and federal policymakers. Wireless Health 2015 will offer peer‐reviewed papers and abstracts, interactive workshops and tutorials, emerging application demonstrations, and world‐renowned keynote speakers.
2015 School Health Conference
The American School Health Association’s 2015 School Health Conference will take place October 15-17 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Sessions will focus on school health leadership, programming, research, and teaching and learning.
Emotions are key factors in the adjustment to the demands of daily life and to major challenges. Emotions and adequate emotion regulation determine our quality of life and well-being. Many psychopathologies additionally have at their core problems with emotion regulation. But also our physical health is influenced by emotion regulation processes. The three-day Emotions 2015 conference will offer a wide variety of research on how adequate and inadequate emotion regulation impact on mental and physical functioning. As in the previous conferences in this series, Emotions 2015 will include cutting-edge fundamental research and clinically oriented studies. Organizers welcome researchers interested in fundamental emotion research as well as investigators with a background in psychiatry, health, or clinical psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; and behavioral medicine. The conference is hosted by the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and will take place October 25-27.
Workshop on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults
The Food and Nutrition Board invites you to participate in the two-day workshop sponsored by the AARP Foundation on Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults. The workshop will be held October 28-29 in Washington, DC. The workshop will examine the evidence on factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that impact the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs. The specific objectives of the workshop are to (1) describe the unique dietary needs of the 50+ and challenges to meeting them, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations; (2) provide an overview of strategies employed to help meet these needs; and (3) explore potential strategies that leverage the private sector and collaborative partnerships to help meet the nutrition/diet needs of the 50+. For those that cannot attend in person, the meeting will be webcast.