’The ABCs of Health Disparities’ conference tackles barriers that keep underserved populations from receiving health care

Thursday, September 8, 2005

"The ABCs of Health Disparities: Access, Behavior, Costs" will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 16, at the TASCA Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is sponsoring the conference. TASCA stands for Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association.

The conference is designed to increase awareness about the barriers that keep underserved populations from accessing primary and preventive health care. It also seeks to promote collaboration between organizations that are working to end health disparities.

Kimberly McCoy-Daniels, director of the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the Texas Department of State Health Services, will talk about the state’s efforts at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Opening remarks from UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun will precede her presentation.

Other topics and speakers on Thursday are:
The conference continues through noon Friday, Sept. 16. Topics and presenters on Friday are:

The conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, other health care professionals, public officials, and any other individuals who are interested in the topic. Conference attendees may earn continuing medical education credits and continuing nursing education credits.

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., with the conference lasting until 4:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 and noon Friday, Sept. 16. Cost of the conference is $125 for physicians, $85 for other health care providers, and $50 for all others, with no continuing education credits awarded. The fee includes conference materials, continental breakfasts, and lunch on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Conference planners include: UTHSCT, the East Texas EXPORT Center, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Northeast Texas Public Health District, Texas Department of State Health Services, and Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

For information or to register for the conference, call (903) 877-7255.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.