4094.0 Achieving Health Equity Across the Lifespan: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Policymakers at the NIH and throughout HHS are leading the research path toward achieving health equity. Although health inequities exist across cultures, socioeconomic groups, the lifespan, and geographic borders, disparities present opportunities for innovative preventive action at all levels of health. Evidence and data-driven science transform both the discourse and practice throughout industry and are now being utilized to strengthen the Nation’s healthcare systems and overall public health through a “Health In All Policies” approach. Through the synergistic intersections between behavioral science, medicine/nursing, pharmaceutical, and allied health clinical research in diverse populations, the NIH/HHS is uniquely positioned to impact health disparities and promote health equity. NIH addresses complex topics, providing a forum for multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary investigation, as well as those seen as unprofitable by private industry, to improve health, health care and advance our Nation’s goals for Healthy People and the Leading Health Indicators. This dynamic presentation will: explore the impact of health inequities across cultures; the role of NIH scientific leadership in ameliorating those inequalities; as well as methods for fostering health equity locally, nationally, and globally. The building of interdisciplinary, partnerships to cultivate collaborative research and clinical practice will be addressed as critical to the eventual elimination of health inequities. Examples of such efforts involving the health spectrum of wellness, acute, and chronic disease will be discussed in lifespan context. Presenters will identify factors critical to building the next generation of practitioners and research for translational community-engaged research, and potential opportunities for multi-level participatory partnerships.
Session Objectives: 1-Identify three lifespan public health disparities amenable to improvement through multi and interdisciplinary teams and their interventions. 2-Differentiate how multi and interdisciplinary teams and interventions function compared to single-discipline teams and interventions. 3-Explain how Public Health can build and foster multi and interdisciplinary professionals, interventions, institutions and/or preventive infrastructure.
Chris Hafner-Eaton, PhD, MPH
Chris Hafner-Eaton, PhD, MPH

Translating Interdisciplinary Team Science into Health Equity
Yvonne Bryan, PhD and Chris Hafner-Eaton, PhD, MPH

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Organized by: APHA-Special Sessions
Endorsed by: Medical Care, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Public Health Nursing, Socialist Caucus, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Black Caucus of Health Workers, Caucus on Homelessness

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