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Addressing Health Disparities: Building Resilience and Capacity in Vulnerable Communities [UPMC]

Friday, September 23, 2022

8:00 to 8:30 AM – Sign on to Zoom

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Virtual Program

(Zoom link will be sent out to registrants on September 22, 2022)


This event is free for students, interns, residents, patients, and family members. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available on Zoom during the conference.

This conference is about the importance of forging community, and academic partnerships to respond to the health service needs of our most vulnerable citizens. This program is intended to help participants to improve their competence in recognizing the resources and supports that exist in our community to serve people with complicated health and mental health conditions and experience inequities in access to treatment. These barriers may be related to mental illness, thought disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, linguistic barriers, physical disabilities, racial, religious, cultural or gender related differences. During the conference we encourage participants to reflect on the need for interdisciplinary and community collaboration and the relevant systems of care that exist in the everyday lives of the patients and families that we serve.

Program Overall Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe aspects of community engagement framework model that have promoted health care for vulnerable populations

  2. Recognize the relevance and necessity of linguistic access to all people in the health care setting

  3. Summarize how a system perspective of care helps to identify strengths jeopardized by the multi-generational impact of serious mental illness and developmental disabilities on the family unit

  4. Identify how virtual platforms have been utilized to build a network of assessment and support opportunities where interdisciplinary care are of paramount importance

Who Should Attend:

Mental Health Consumers; Mental Health Providers; Medical Physicians; Advanced Practice Providers; Nurses, Nursing students, Case Managers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Students, Dental professionals; community advocates, hospital and health care leaders, clinical educators

Conference Agenda – September 23, 2022

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Background

Kimberly K. Mathos, DO, MPH

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Health care

Abdesalam Soudi, PhD

10:00 to 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Keynote Building Capacity and Inclusivity in Vulnerable Populations

with Asset Mapping and Human Centered Design - A Workshop

Mylynda Massart, MD, PhD

11:45 12:15 p.m. Lunch

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Interpreter-Mediated Medical Interviewing: Challenges and


Discussion led by Abdesalam Soudi, PhD

Panel: Michael McKee, MD, MPH; Miya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS;

Joyce Rowan, BA, CHITM

1:30 to 1:40 p.m. Break

1:40 to 2:40 p.m. Beyond the Office walls: Connecting with Families in Need

Discussion led by John Lovelace, MS, MSIS

Panel: Sloan Davidson, MPPM; Christine Michaels, MSHSA; Nancy

Murray, MS

2:40 to 2:50 p.m. Break

2:50 to 4:20 p.m. Bridging Communication Challenges and Promoting Health


Discussion led by Miya Asato, MD

Panel: Kelly Beck, PhD, LPC, CRC; Peter Bulova, MD; Katharine Hill,

PhD, CCC-SLP; Lu Randall, MRC

4:20 to 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks

4:30 p.m. Adjournment

Registration Information

Please register by noon on September 22, 2022 at:

Fee Schedule

*Physicians and Professionals (not affiliated as noted below) $40

*UPMC, Pitt, WPH, WBH Network, VA, State (PA), Community Mental Health Professionals $30

-Students/Interns/Residents (No continuing education/no continuing medical education credits) No fee

-Patients/Family Members (No continuing education/no continuing medical education credits) No fee

Click below to view the full event brochure and for contact information:

Addressing Health Disparities Brochure - Final
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