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HEALTH: A Call to Action Conference

Friday, January 31, 2020

8:00 am -

Presented by the HEALTH Research Institute


January 31
University of Houston-Main Campus
Houston Room - Student Center South
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Time Session
8:00 am


8:45 am

Official Welcome

9:00 am

Keynote Address

Andrea Caracostis, MD, MPH
CEO of HOPE Clinic

9:45 am

Breakout Session 1

A comprehensive approach for obesity management in primary care settings
Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, FTOS
Texas Tech University
Leah Whigham, PhD, FTOS
UTHealth School of Public Health El Paso


Be Well Communities: Mobilizing communities for health
Ruth Rechis, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Behavioral health among Latinx adults: Findings from the Health of Houston Survey and related initiatives
Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, PhD
University of Houston

11:00 am

Breakout Session 2

Using a medical home for youth as a social determinant portal for employment
Peggy B. Smith, MA, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine


Equity in the Local Food System
Emily Foxman (Urban Harvest), Tyler Froberg(Recipe for Success), Nick DeBrock (Recipe for Success, Hope Farms), Karim Alston (GREEN), Jorge Olvera (GREEN)


The intersection between Housing and Health
Maria Aguirre-Borrero
Avenue (formerly Avenue CDC)

12:00 pm

Vendor Tables and Student Poster Session Open for Attendees

12:30 pm


1:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote Address

Dr. Salil Deshpande
Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas

1:45 pm

Breakout Session 3

Addressing Health Disparities in Specialty Care: Strutt MacDonald Service Model for Equitable Healthcare
Adriana M. Strutt, PhD, ABPP
Baylor College of Medicine


Using Social Determinants of Health to Implement a HIV/Teen Pregnancy Intervention Through Community and School Partnerships
Jeffery Guidry, PhDShera Williams-Jennings, PhD, MSWEdward Reddics
Change Happens!


Reaching the Hard to Reach-Using Mobile Clinics to Care for the Underserved
Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, EdD
UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston
Sanghamitra Misra, MD, FAAP, ABIHM
Baylor College of Medicine

3:00 pm

Panel Discussions

Uncovering needs in local communities while conducting health equity work and finding collaborative solutions
Allison Rosen, MS, Baylor College of Medicine
Felicia Latson, LCSW-S, Legacy Community Health
Helen Stagg, MSW, LMSW, CPS, Change Happens!
Diane Arms, Avenue 360
Robiel Abraha, MSPH, Episcopal Health Foundation


Collaborative work across communities and how to create the most meaningful impact through coalitions
Daphne Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB (Moderator), UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing
Shane Chen, Asian American Health Coalition
Sherea Cary, African American Health Coalition
Norma Olvera PhD, MA, Hispanic Health Coalition

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

University of Houston
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