School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


Time Session
7:45 a.m.
President’s Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m. Welcome
Hilary Ratner, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

8:35 a.m. Keynote Address: “Is Vitamin D an Important Cause of Obesity as Well as a Mediator of Obesity-Related Diseases?”
John M. Flack, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Principal Investigator, Wayne State University Center for Urban and African American Health

9:10 a.m. Questions and Answers

9:20 a.m. Break

9:30 a.m. Conference Overview
Richard K. Severson, Ph.D., Associate Chair for Program Development, Director of MPH Program/Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University

9:40 a.m. Environmental Influences on Health
• Invisible Men: Examining Determinants of African American Men’s Health
• Social and Physical Environments and Cardiovascular Health Disparities in  Detroit

10:50 a.m. Break

10:55 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Health System Barriers to Optimal Care for Minority Patients

12:10 p.m.
Lunch, Introduction of WSU President Irvin D. Reid and Lecture:

Introduction of Wayne State University President Irvin D. Reid
John M. Flack, M.D., M.P.H.

Remarks: President Reid

Lecture: Update on Sickle Cell Disease
Paul Swerdlow, M.D.

1:40 p.m.
Health Issues in the Arab American Community
• Changes in Arab American Health Disparities 2001-2007
• Disparities in Self-Reported Chronic Diseases among Arab/Chaldean and Others Americans in Southeast Michigan
• Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Cancer in the Arab American and Chaldean (ACC) Community
• Equity Matters: A Roadmap Toward Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities in Wayne County

3:00 p.m. Discussion

3:10 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Health Disparities Research
• Racial Disparities in Endometrial Cancer Survival: Beyond Histologic Type
• Racial Disparities in Clinical Trial Enrollment and Survival Outcomes for Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
• Functional Health Literacy in Urban Glaucoma Patients
• Pain and Functional Status in a Primary Care Clinic for Indigent Adults

5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Poster Reception

(Schedule is subject to change.)