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Healthy Lives – Healthy Communities Conference, April 25, 2014, Columbia, Missouri

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Brochure/Final Program

The Center for Health Policy and the Missouri Health Equity Collaborative are hosting the Healthy Lives – Healthy Communities conference Friday, April 25, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Standard Time) in Columbia, Missouri. This conference will raise participants’ awareness of health disparities, analyze the root causes of those inequities and equip participants to address them with the best practices that have been developed at the local level.

Target audience

Health care providers, students, community advocates, public health professionals, health policy makers, academic researchers, health departments, other governmental agencies, legislators, non-profit & for-profit organizations, and the business community with an interest in eliminating health disparities.


8:00 Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:45 Welcoming Remarks

9:00 Health Equity and Social Justice: It Takes a Movement- Adewale Troutman

10:00 Break

10:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

1. Creating healthy communities by addressing the impact of social determinants of health

Panel facilitator: Corstella Henley, Office of Minority Health, DHHS, Region VII


  • Melody Goodman, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University- “Using Data and Engaging Communities to Address Health Disparities”
  • Bridget McCandless, MD, MBA, FACP, President and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City- “Delivery of Care to Vulnerable Populations”
  • Misty Jordan, Coordinator Health Services, The Kitchen, Inc. Springfield, MO

Opportunities and challenges in addressing mental health disparities

Panel facilitator: Panelists: Nick Butler, Center for Health Policy


  • Lou Ann Tanner-Jones, PhD, NCSP, Director, Special Services, Columbia Public Schools
  • Darrell Hudson, PhD, Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St Louis
  • Rita Adkins, MPA, Project Director, Center for Research and Evaluation, MIMH- “Improving Access to Community Behavioral Health Care: The Emergency Room Enhancement Program in Missouri”

Oral health disparities in Missouri

Panel facilitator: Ioana Staiculescu, Center for Health Policy


  • Ray Storm, DDS, MBA, State Dental Director, Department of Health and Senior Services- “Oral Health Disparity: The Burden in Missouri”
  • Kecia Leary, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dental Director, Jordan Valley Community Health Center- “Little Teeth, Big Problems”
  • Gary Harbison, MA, Executive Director, Missouri Coalition for Oral Health- “The Missouri Coalition for Oral Health”

11:30 Lunch

12:00 “Are You Married”– a play by Joan Lipkin, Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company, St. Louis

Follow-up discussion facilitated by Joan Lipkin and

Sherrill Wayland, Executive Director, SAGE Metro St. Louis

1:00 Health Care Reform in 2014: The Promise and Challenge of Reducing Disparities- Ignatius Bau

Learning Objectives:

a)Improve understanding of the “triple aim” and how national and local health care reform activities are aligned with achievement of improved patient experiences of health care, improved population health, and reduced health care costs.

b)Explain the types of health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minority populations; lowincome populations; the uninsured; immigrants; rural populations; women; the disabled; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations.

c)Identify at least three changes in health care that will help identify and reduce disparities.

2:00 Break

2:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

Emerging community-based programs that create opportunities for better health in their communities

Panel facilitator: Carla Gibson, REACH Foundation


  • Bill McKelvey, Grow Well Missouri Project Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, University of Missouri- “Growing Gardeners and Partners for Better Health with Missouri Food Pantries”
  • Cathy Anderson, Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City
  • Amy Mocker, Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City
  • Kenneth Sowell, Program Manager- Triumph, Maternal Child & Family Health Coalition- “Triumph (For Babies, For You, For Life)”

Communicating effectively about health disparities

Panel facilitator: Mansoo Yu, School of Social Work, University of Missouri


Jeremy Milarsky, MPA, Program Manager, Primaris

  • Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St Louis – “Communicating Effectively About Health Disparities”
  • Ken Haller, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, St. Louis University School of Medicine, PROMO Board of Directors

Reducing health disparities in rural Missouri

Panel facilitator: Lynelle Phillips, Master in Public Health Program, School of Nursing, university of Missouri


  • Valerie Bader, MN, CNM, Doctoral Candidate at UMKC, Instructor of Clinical Nursing, Sinclair School of Nursing- “Unintended pregnancy: How a rural setting impacts family planning”
  • Andrew Hunter, MA, Bureau Chief, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services- “Health in Rural Missouri”
  • JoAnn Martin, MSN, RN, CPNP, Administrator, Pettis County Health Center- “Coming Together- Joining Forces in a Rural Community”
  • Rachel Mutrux, Director, Missouri Telehealth Network- “ShowMe ECHO™ “

3:30   Break

3:45   Community Conversation: Addressing Health Equity by Moving Data to Action

The purpose of this roundtable is to bring Missouri leaders together to address health disparities and move the health equity conversations from data to action. The focus will be on specific social determinants of health and the participants will brainstorm policy actions that align with each of the social determinants.

Learning objectives:
a. Discuss poverty and unemployment and their impact on health status for underserved populations in Missouri
b. Reflect on the impact education has on health outcomes and discuss policy solutions to improve education attainment for underserved populations in Missouri  Facilitators:

  • Karen Edison, Director, MU Center for Health Policy;
  • Joseph Palm, Chief, Office of Minority Health, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

4:30 Final Remarks

4:45 Adjourn

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