Special to the Journal
The Albany State University College of Sciences and Health Professions will host its first Southwestern Region Health Disparities Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in an effort to address health disparities and promote research in southwest Georgia.
This conference is an opportunity for ASU to promote the need for health disparities research and education; also to foster collaborations, dialogue and partnerships between ASU and the community to reduce health disparities, says the conference chairperson Professor Louise Wrensford, also chair of the ASU Department of Natural Sciences.
“It is an exciting and important initiative. The intent is to enlighten our audience about health disparities that affect the nation, the state and southwest Georgia and to highlight research underway that will address health disparities,” said ASU College of Sciences and Health Professions Dean Dr. Joyce Johnson.
Featured presenters, which include Dr. Felicia Hardnett from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mark Miller from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, will discuss obesity, family and community health, HIV, AIDS and childhood health discrepancies.
The conference committee hopes the discussions will identify opportunities for the College of Sciences and Health Professions to implement health disparities research and other initiatives to reduce health discrepancies.
For more information about the 2013 Health Disparities Conference, contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671 or visit http://asu-sacs.asurams.edu/conference/index.aspx for the full conference agenda.