The 2nd Annual State of the Science in Health Disparities conference will follow last year’s focus on the response to COVID-19 in Wisconsin, highlighting the theme of re-emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s conference is designed to engage community organizations, researchers, policy makers, trainees, and health professionals interested in ways academic institutions and community organizations can work together as we re-emerge from a global pandemic to catalyze change locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and eliminate health disparities.
The first session, on November 9, will focus on vaccinations, discussing the history of vaccinations, how the COVID-19 vaccination is impacting pediatric populations, and strategies for addressing vaccine hesitancy. The second session, on November 10, will discuss the intersection of COVID-19 and chronic disease management, discussing the use of digital tools and the digital divide, delays in cancer screening during the pandemic, and chronic disease deferral of treatment during the pandemic. Finally, the third session, on November 11, will focus strategies for reconnecting locally and globally, including the academic research response to COVID-19, engaging community partners in the midst of a pandemic, and lessons learned from Lebanon in conducting meaningful research during the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval.
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