When: Friday, November 6th 2020    

Thank you for your interest in the conference. We are at capacity and registration is now closed. Zoom login details will be sent to those who registered.

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM      Conference Welcome

  • Victoria Rivkina, MPH, CHES; Program Manager of the Master of Public Health Program, DePaul University

  • Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, PhD; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, DePaul University

 

8:40 AM      Opening Keynote Presentation

  • Adam M. Alonso, MSW; Chief Executive Officer of BUILD

    • Supporting Youth at the Epicenter of Today's Challenges

 

9:00 AM     Poster Presentations – Pre-recorded Videos Available All Day

  • Addressing Gaps in Access to Health Care Using Sinai Community Health Survey 2.0 Data

    • Susana Shrestha, MPH; DePaul University

  • Addressing Racial Disparities in Perinatal Care for African American/Black Individuals in the Chicago Community Health Setting

    • Nicolás Francone; Medical Student; Northwestern University

  • Capacity Building through Empowerment Evaluation with the Chicago Torture Justice Center

    • Sonia Sultan, MPH Candidate; Graduate Student; DePaul University

  • Community Health Workers in Research Studies: Lessons Learned in a Community-based Child Oral Health Study

    • Anna Sandoval; Project Manager; University of Illinois at Chicago

    • Mayra Pereddo; Program Coordinator Assistant; University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Definition of Depression: A Sociological Study About the Perceptions of Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists in Turkey

    • Betül Babacan Sevim, MA; Marmara University

  • Exposure to Community Violence in ED Patients with Non-Traumatic Chief Complaints

    • Susan Ewa Panek, BS; University of Illinois at Chicago 

  • Facilitating Factors for Successful Educational Attainment in African American High School and College students: An Integrative Review of the Literature

    • Dureti Godana; Graduate Student, Boston University; Intern, Center for Community Health Equity

    • Neel Matiwala; Undergraduate Student, Saint Louis University; Intern, Center for Community Health Equity

    • Kaila McRoy; Undergraduate Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Intern, Center for Community Health Equity

    • Marcos Montes; Graduate Student, Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Intern, Center for Community Health Equity

    • Monique Reed, PhD, MS, RN; Assistant Dean and Associate Professor; Rush University

  • How Can Traditional Medicine and Integrative Practices Disrupt the Cyclic Nature between Cancer and Depression?

    • Jocelyn Ocampo; Researcher; Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative

    • Richies Tiv; Researcher; Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, University of Illinois at Chicago

    • Racquel Gardner, BA; Founder & CEO; MuveWeight Health & Fitness

    • Oeinna Jackson; Researcher; Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative

  • Identifying Gaps in Care for Survivors of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • Jessica Puri, MPH; PhD Student; Northwestern University

  • Immersion Service Experience in the Local Community to Bridge Medical Students and the Homeless Population: A Pilot Study

    • Ivonne Beltran; MS4; Loyola University Chicago

    • Mara Peterson; MS4; Loyola University Chicago

    • Anne Arnason; MS4; Loyola University Chicago

  • In-Hospital Mortality and Resource Utilization of Patients with COVID-19

    • Jonathan Alhalel; T37 Trainee; Northwestern University

  • Provider and Policy Stakeholder Perceptions of Organ Transplant Program for Undocumented Patients in Illinois

    • Yumiko I. Gely, BS, BHS; MS2; Rush Medical College

  • Racial Inequities in HIV Mortality Across the 30 Biggest U.S. Cities

    • Peter Lorenz, BS; MS3; Chicago Medical School

  • Redefining Hospitals’ Roles: Creating Implementation Plans to Address CHNA Findings

    • Molly Fuchs, MPH; Contact Tracer; University of Chicago

  • The Impact of COVID-19: Proactive Outreach with Somali Seniors

    • Katie Reget, MPH; Administrative Coordinator & Principle Investigator; University of Minnesota

  • Trends and Perceptions of Gun Violence Injuries in Chicago and National Media

    • Yolanda Lan N. Pham; Medical and Public Health Student; Loyola University Chicago

  • Undocumented Immigrant Health Care Access: An Assessment of Rush Physician Knowledge

    • Osvaldo Palomares; Student; Rush Medical College

    • Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW; Program Coordinator; Rush University Medical Center

 

9:30 AM      Transition Break

 

9:40 AM      Breakout Session 1

  • Track 1 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Empowering At-Risk Communities to Protect People from Air Pollution Effects in the Context of the COVID Pandemic and Climate Change

      • Motria Caudill, PhD; Adjunct Associate Professor; UIC School of Public Health

  • Track 2 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Spatio-Temporal Mapping of COVID-19 Vulnerability, Health Disparities and Disease Hotspots with R Studio

      • C. Scott Smith, PhD AICP; Assistant Director; Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University

  • Track 3 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Caring for the Whole Person: LGBTQ+ Care Planning in a Pandemic

      • Kelly Rice (she/her); Program Manager; Howard Brown Health

      • Jacqueline Boyd (she/her/they/them); CEO; The Care Plan

  • Track 4 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Gender Inclusive Environments 102: Let’s Try It!

      • Hadeis Safi (they/them); Manager of Community Programs; Lurie Children’s Hospital

  • Track 5 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Activating the A in Active Bystander Intervention

      • Katrina Wagner; Health Promotion Coordinator; DePaul University

      • Christine Augustin; Student Activity Coordinator; DePaul University

 

10:55 AM    Transition Break

11:05 AM    Breakout Session 2

  • Track 1 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Empowering Students in the Face of a Pandemic: Organizing a Response to Support the Homeless Community during COVID-19

      • Jonathan Bauer; M2; Rush Medical College

      • Cary A. Kane; M2; Rush Medical College

      • Stephanie Moss; M2; Rush Medical College

      • Amel Pineda (Baker); M2; University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago

      • Zoie C. Sheets, MPH; M2; University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago

      • Pal Shah; M1; University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago

      • Taylor R. Vandenberg; M2; University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago

  • Track 2 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Going Remote – Delivering Positive Social Change Virtually (While Trying to Maintain Mental Health for All!)

      • Meredith Schilsky, LCSW; Chief Creative Director and President; The Warehouse Project & Gallery

      • Laura Mann Hill, Independent Teaching Artist and Collaborative Educator

  • Track 3 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Interventions to Increase Transgender Sexual Health Access

      • Adam Davies; Program Assistant & Sex Educator; Lurie Children's Hospital

      • Alexa Karczmar; Behavioral Research Coordinator II; Lurie Children's Hospital

      • Afiya Sajwani; Research Coordinator, Sex Educator, & HIV Tester; Lurie Children's Hospital

      • Saleha Salam; Program Coordinator; Lurie Children's Hospital

  • Track 4 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • Advancing Health Equity through Human Centered Design

      • Kim L. Hunt (she/her/hers); Executive Director, Pride Action Tank; Senior Director, AIDS Foundation Chicago

      • D’Ontace Keyes. MBA (he/him/his); Digital Communications Manager; AIDS Foundation Chicago

  • Track 5 – Skill-Building Workshop

    • So You Want to Start a Podcast? Getting Research and Community Voices to the Masses

      • Rabih Dahdouh, MS (he/his); Clinical Research Associate; Northwestern University

      • Cassandra A. A. Osei, MPH (they/them); Clinical Research Project Manager; Northwestern University

      • Ivy Leung (she/hers); Clinical Research Project Manager; Northwestern University

      • Araceli Estrada (she/hers); Program Assistant; Northwestern University

 

12:20 PM    Lunch Break

1:00 PM      Breakout Session 3

  • Track 1 – Oral Presentations on the Public Health Workforce/Internships

    1. Bringing Essential Internships to an Online Platform during COVID-19

      • Yazmin Hajeissa, MPH Candidate; Program Coordinator; Lurie Children’s Hospital

    2. Equitable Internships: A Public Health Workforce Imperative

      • Wesley Epplin, MPH; Director of Health Equity; Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

  • Track 2 – Roundtable Discussion

    • Research Activism for Youth: Facilitating a Socially Distanced Flipped Classroom Virtual Health Equity and Community-Based Research Activism Program

      • Asma M. Ali, PhD; Research Fellow, Sinai Urban Health Institute

      • Myles Castro, MPH; Program Manager, Sinai Urban Health Institute

      • Adlaide Holloway; Community Health Educator, Sinai Urban Health Institute

  • Track 3 – Oral Presentations on the Youth/Adolescent Health

    1. LGBTQ Health in Chicago Public Schools: Working Toward Equity

      • Marisa DiPaolo (she/hers); Surveillance Coordinator; CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness

      • Madeline Mangiaracina (they/them); Research Assistant; University of Illinois School of Public Health

      • Booker Marshall, MPH (they/them); Sexual Health Project Manager; CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness

    2. Asthma Disparities in Illinois: A Data Informed Approach to Health Education

      • Mary Rosenwinkel; Program Coordinator; Respiratory Health Association

  • Track 4 – Roundtable Discussion

    • Trauma-Informed Coalition-Building and Mobilization of Community Resources in Support of All Immigrants: A Chicago Case Example

      • Minal Giri, MD; Chair; Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

      • Mary Elsner, JD; Director; Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

      • Maria Ferrera, PhD, LCSW; Associate Professor, DePaul University; Co-Director, Center for Community Health Equity; Co-Founding Co-Chair, The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health

      • Ida Salusky, MPH, PhD; Assistant Professor, DePaul University

      • Virginia G. Quiñónez, PsyD; Senior Director, Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Co-Founding Co-Chair, The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health

      • Dana Rusch, PhD; Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago;  Director, Immigrant Family Mental Health Advocacy Program

  • Track 5 – Roundtable Discussion

    • We’re all in This Together: Evaluating a Community Health Worker Initiative

      • Banita McCarn, MEd; Sinai Urban Health Institute

 

2:00 PM     Transition Break

 

2:10 PM      Breakout Session 4

  • Track 1 – Oral Presentations on COVID-19

    1. The Importance of Community and Community-Building for Health Equity: A United Approach to Addressing Latino and Black Disparities Before COVID-19

      • Miguel A. Blancarte, Jr.; Community Engagement; City of Chicago COVID-19 Response

    2. Chicago Parents’ Attitudes about COVID-19

      • Marie E. Heffernan, PhD; Lurie Children’s Hospital

    3. A Look into Racial Disparities of ED Visits, Hospitalizations, and ICU Admissions among COVID-19 Cases at a Hospital System in Chicago

      • Joshua Longcoy; Rush University Medical Center

  • Track 2 – Oral Presentations on COVID-19 Data in Chicago

    1. Predicting Missing Race/Ethnicity for Chicagoans in COVID-19: Applying BISG Imputation Methods to Better Understand Racial Disparities

      • Margarita Reina; Epidemiologist; Chicago Department of Public Health

    2. Using Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding Method to Impute the Missing Race/Ethnicity in the Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 Surveillance Dataset

      • Hao Wu; Graduate Student; DePaul University

    3. Identifying and Mitigating COVID-19 Racial and Income Disparities in Chicago: An Access-Based Evaluation of Stationary Testing Facilities

      • C. Scott Smith, PhD AICP; Assistant Director; Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, DePaul University

  • Track 3 – Oral Presentations on Substance Use

    1. Incorporating Harm-Reduction into Justice-Based 5th-12th Grade Substance Use Education

      • Onwubu, Chi; Lurie Children’s Hospital

      • Dixit, Neil; Lurie Children’s Hospital

    2. Barriers to Evidence-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Can Low-Threshold Treatment Bridge the Gap?

      • Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, MSPH, PhD; Assistant Professor; DePaul University

      • Darielle Sherrod, MPH Candidate; Graduate Assistant; DePaul University

    3. "If We See It with Our Own Eyes, Then (We) Believe It:” The Role of Drug Checking in the Lives of People Who Use Drugs (PWUD)

      • Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, MSPH, PhD; Assistant Professor; DePaul University

      • Lydia Karch, MPH; Chicago Recovery Alliance

  • Track 4 – Oral Presentations on Race and Equity

    1. Race, Equity, and Housing as a Human Right

      • Simone Aba Akyianu; Legal Counsel; Canadian Human Rights Commission

    2. Uncovering and Mitigating Our Implicit Biases to Combat Health Inequities

      • Sally A. Arif, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP; Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy

    3. Strategies for Dismantling Institutional Racism in Health Care Organizations

      • Laura Botwinick, MS; Director, Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy; University of Chicago

  • Track 5 – Oral Presentations on Health Outcomes in Diverse Populations in Chicago

    1. Effects of Current Healthcare System to Accessing Pap Smears for Black Women in Chicago

      • Magdelene Thebaud, BSW; MSW Candidate; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Chicago CHEC

      • Rebekah Monroe, BA Candidate; Research Assistant; University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago CHEC

      • Mariama Bounds; BSN Candidate; Saint Xavier University; Chicago CHEC

    2. Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence on Sleep

      • Daniel J. Schober, PhD, MPH; Assistant Professor; DePaul University

      • Susana Shrestha, MPH; DePaul University

      • Jessica Bishop-Royse, PhD; Executive Director; DePaul University

    3. Adapting Evidence-Based Programming for Community Implementation

      • Grisel Rodríguez-Morales, MSW, LCSW; Manager of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Rush University Medical Center

      • Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW; Program Coordinator; Rush University Medical Center

 

3:40 PM      Transition Break

 

3:50 PM      Closing Keynote Presentation

  • Kim Wasserman; Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

    • Just Transition in a Time of Pandemic

 

4:50 PM      Closing Remarks

  • Maria Ferrera, PhD, MA; Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Equity and Associate Professor at DePaul University

Hosted by the DePaul Master of Public Health Program & the Center for Community Health Equity

DePaul University MPH Program 

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Chicago, IL  60604

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