The University of Toledo College of Nursing will present a virtual Interprofessional Health Research Symposium on Social Determinants of Health on Monday, April 12.
The event, which is focused on better addressing social determinants of health in an evolving healthcare environment, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon via WebEx.
The presentation is free and open to students, employees and members of the community, but registration is required through WebEx.
“This symposium highlights some of the work of our interdisciplinary UToledo Social Determinants of Health Task Force, as well as our important partnership with ProMedica in this area and some of the work being done here on campus by our faculty and students,” said Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing and the event moderator.
The event will launch with a dual keynote address that provides an overview of national, regional and local initiatives related to social determinants of health from Kate Sommerfeld, president of social determinants of health at ProMedica, and Dr. Deana Sievert, the chief nursing officer of ProMedica acute care and president of ProMedica Memorial Hospital and Fostoria Community Hospital.
Dr. Sujata Shetty, professor in the UToledo Department of Geography and Planning and director of the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, will follow with a presentation of her recent research on the impact of poverty on many health and well-being outcomes.
The event also will feature nearly 20 poster presentations from students across the University on topics including substance abuse, income inequality, racial disparities and mindfulness in cancer patients.
The symposium concludes with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Mariann Churchwell, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Dr. Heather Sloane, associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the Judith Herb College of Education.