Hampton University to Host 1st Annual Caribbean Health Disparities Conference and 24th Annual School of Science Research Symposium, April 16-18

HAMPTON, Va. (April 16, 2019) – Hampton University will host the 1st Annual Caribbean Health Disparities Conference, in partnership with the 24th Annual School of Science Research Symposium, on April 16-18, 2019. The theme for the Conference is, “A Hampton University Response…Addressing Health Inequities In Caribbean Populations One Step at a Time.”

Held on the Historic Hampton University campus, the Conference will feature guest speakers and presenters from across the globe. Renowned educational scholars and researchers will provide insight and information on issues affecting Caribbean populations. Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, will host an invitation-only colloquy during the Conference.

“Our vision is to make Hampton University the number one institution in the world in research and training involving health disparities in people of color. There is more to healthcare than simply treating illnesses; we must identify the causes of diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. There is a health crisis, especially in Caribbean populations, and we must do all that we can to help alleviate this predicament,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Over half of all Black immigrants to the United States are from the Caribbean islands. Caribbean-American populations suffer disproportionately from preventable, non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and HIV. Health disparities are prevalent throughout the Caribbean. With these disparities in mind, Hampton University has promulgated dual, long-term goals to address the social, environmental and biological determinants of health for Caribbean populations through research and education; and to establish itself as a Center for Caribbean Health Equity.

“The 1st Annual Caribbean Health Disparities Conference was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R13 Conference Planning Grant (#R13MD012764-01). It was a privilege to work with Drs. Simone Heyliger and Luisel Ricks-Santi and Ms. Cristin Mayes to submit the conference grant proposal. President Harvey ‘Dreams no Small Dreams,’ and we are pleased to be a part of his vision,” said Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost of Hampton University. “The preeminent Conference speakers will present research centered on both the challenges and opportunities in the Caribbean. Hampton University’s faculty and students will also share their research during the 24th Annual School of Science Research Symposium. Once again, Hampton is leading the way in research, education and training. There is truly something for everyone and we look forward to your participation.”

There will also be a Walk-a-thon, Zumba class, and the Health Fair will take place at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) on Thursday, April 18, 2019. This is one Conference that you do not want to miss.

To register, and for more information, click here: http://wp.hamptonu.edu/chc/.

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