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8th National Conference on Health Disparities

Westin Hotel, Long Beach, California

Like its seven predecessors, the 2014 NCHD will focus on policies and programs to reduce health disparities, with one panel addressing a new topic: the impact of health issues, including disparities, on our nation’s military personnel and national security. Throughout the conference, presenters will emphasize the role of social determinants, personal responsibility and prevention in initiatives that reduce disparities.

This program’s agenda offers participants the chance to interact in a variety of settings, including a student forum with poster presentations, panel sessions on specific topics, keynote and luncheon speakers, and more relaxed social activities. This brochure includes information on registration, accommodations, sponsorship opportunities and conference-related social media.

For additional information and full conference registration details click on this link

In The News

Celebrating 10 Years - MUSC students inspire lively 'junior doctors' of health

Teaching kindergarten children is much like herding cats. Energetic and curious, the children love information, but can be easily distracted.

“Let’s catch bubbles in our mouths,” pharmacy student Tom O’Donnell said, puffing out his cheeks to get the children to mimic him, something he didn’t think he’d be doing at this stage of his career. They puff out their cheeks, too, and stop talking, which is exactly the objective of O’Donnell, who is one of five Junior Doctors of Health (JDOH) instructors from the Medical University of South Carolina here to teach kindergarten students at Meeting Street Academy. Click here to read the article the entire article. 


Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators: President Obama Honors the Nation's Cutting-Edge Scientists and Engineers

April 14, 2014 - A group of leading researchers including our own Dr. Ida Johnson-Spruill,  Associate Professor MUSC, were honored at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. 

After receiving their awards in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture with agency officials, friends, and relatives—a ceremony keynoted by OSTP Director John Holdren—the group of 102 ambitious scientists and engineers were greeted at the White House by President Obama who thanked them for their outstanding achievements.

President Barack Obama joins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients for a group photo in the East Room of the White House, April 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon
(Dr. Ida Spruill is pictured over the left shoulder of President Obama)

For a full recap of the story from The Office of Science and Technology Policy click here

SUMMARY REPORT 7th National Conference on Health Disparities

Sugar Bay Resport and Spa - St. Thomas, USVI


Dr. David Rivers Director, Public Information and Community Outreach Associate Professor, Library Science and Informatics
Medical University of South Carolina

The Seventh Annual National Conference on Health Disparities (NCHD) convened in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, November 13-16, 2013. Its purpose: To deliver the most current information on health disparities and programs to reduce disparities, with sharpened focus on the role social determinants play in the health and well-being of all Americans. This publication serves as the conference’s Summary Report.  No such conference is possible without a major commitment of intellectual and logistical resources, including direct sponsorship and support. Recognizing the currency and importance of the topic, numerous governmental agencies, corporate and civic entities and academic institutions delivered direct or in-kind support to the Seventh NCHD. (See pages 22-23.) Conference participants also appreciated the tremendous support and hospitality of our hosts, including U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., and U.S. Virgin Islands Congressional Delegate, Donna M. Christensen, M.D.  Throughout the NCHD’s seven-year history, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn and many of his congressional colleagues have supported the effort in both voice and deed. Congressman Clyburn is a
long-time proponent of a vision of community health that recognizes the unique relationship between human health, environmental quality, environmental justice and economic development. This vision is central to all programs delivered by the Medical University of South Carolina’s Public Information and Community Outreach group (PICO), including the NCHD effort.

To see the complete 2014 SUMMARY REPORT for the 7th National Health Disparities Conference click here


Dr. Marvella Ford, Advisory Committee Chair Student Forum

The Seventh Annual National Conference on Health Disparities opened on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, with the annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Forum, consisting of roundtable discussions, poster presentations, oral presentations and a keynote address.  Over 100 students participated. Among the institutions represented were: California State University, Long Beach; Emory University; Georgia Southern University; Jackson State University; John Hopkins University; Medical University of South Carolina; Morehouse School of Medicine; Morgan State University; Rowan University; Spelman College; University Arkansas for Medical Sciences; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Notre Dame; University of Toledo Medical Center; University of the Virgin Islands, and University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
For details on the Student Forum Presentations and Agenda see pages 6-9 in of The Summary Report  reference above

Healthy People in Healthy Communities: Promoting Good Health in Williamsburg County Across the Lifespan

with Dr. Marilyn Laken, Principal Investigator

The goal of this program is to pursue the vision of ‘Healthy People in Healthy Communities’ through awareness, education and outreach efforts.  Focus is on establishing: 
  1. Healthy Lifestyles
  2. Access to effective healthcare and medications to promote lifelong health promotion by prevention, detection, treatment and control of major chronic diseases. 
Achieving this objective involved reaching people where they live, work, worship, learn and receive health care; we focused on collaborative efforts that would allow us to interact with ongoing established activities within churches, worksites, community organizations, medical clinics or practices and schools.
One of the most notable programs introduced was providing competitive community grants so local entities could teach healthy lifestyles and screen/refer for early detection of chronic disease, and working with the medical community to coordinate evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment of chronic disease

Dr. Marilyn Laken, PI, and Sheryl Mack presenting the check to Dr. Yvonne Jefferson-Barnes, the Williamsburg County School District superintendent to establish a fitness center for WCSD’s faculty and staff

Community Garden
Kingstree is in need of an alternative way of feeding the needy – hence the Kingstree Community Garden was created and sponsored by Williamsburg Regional Boys to Men Club, Inc. , which has begun the garden journey. This garden project follows the “teach a man to fish” principle. Many have now managed to create their rows, harvest their produce, and now can replicate their growing beds on their own. Organizations have started community gardens in Kingstree, Greeleyville following the lead of the Boys & Girls Club (Hemingway).
Worksite Health Screening
In an effort to reduce number of sick days, develop a healthier workforce and lower insurance premiums, the number of worksites have increased that are conducting annual health screening for employees and their families.  Many are hiring a nurse to work onsite full time and or part time; the local hospital has been offering to assist them in staffing. 
To view the entire report entitled  Healthy People in Healthy Communities: Promoting Good Health in Williamsburg County Across the Lifespan click here

School-based telehealth promoted on the SC ETV radio!

Dr. Jimmie McElligott, SEVIEW Principal Investigator elaborates on technology enabled children's health care click here to listen to the segment featured on the radio program on YOUR DAY.  Many South Carolina children face barriers to accessing healthcare. Bobbi Conner learns about a pediatric tele-health program used in some of our South Carolina schools from Dr. James McElligott, associate professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and medical director for Tele-health at MUSC.


Project STEER - National Drug Fact Week Activity in Collenton County

Project STEER, was represented by Shameeka Bowman, Program Coordinator along with Lowcountry AHEC.  This service project was held at Colleton County High School.  The project served a population of approximately 1,600 students, making them aware of “pharm parties”.

According Wikipedia, “pharm parties” is a media-invented term describing get-togethers where prescription drugs are exchanged and randomly ingested, in order to become intoxicated. This program provided the students critical information to educate them on this phenomenon and to prepare them to deal with peer pressure in making decisions regarding pharmaceutical and other drugs.

The students were actively involved with three sessions during lunch periods.  Sessions included a skit, quick facts about drug abuse, and a question and answer session with the event coordinators from  Project STEER and AHEC. 

Click here to view the photo presentation from the session


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Community Compass 2014

Dr. Debbie Bryant, The Hollings Cancer Center, and numerous corporate sponsors presentation of The Community Compass 2014 featuring HealthCare Strategist Anton Gunn was a tremendous success.  Mr. Gunn, presidential advisor, explained how he used fitness to lose weight and shared details of the Affordable Care Act.

Attendees discovered simple ways to have fun with simple body movements in a demonstration of and participation in a new line dance, the Compass Slide.  SE VIEW Administrative Core Team Member, Garcia Williams, entered the Best Healthy Recipe Contest and placed in the competition with her healthy version of macaroni and cheese.  The recipe dedicated to her mother, Georgine Edgerton, whose Mac and Cheese still graces the family table on special occasions provided a more healthy alternative. This version is for those occasions when you can back away from traditions and accept a lighter version.  To download a version of the recipe click here



This research and development project was conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina and is made possible by a cooperative agreement that was awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702, under Contract Number:  W81XWH-10-2-0057. The TATRC Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) is Wilbur W. Malloy at

The views, opinions and findings contained in this research are those of the Company/Laboratory/medical facility etc. and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense and should not be construed as an official DoD/Army policy unless so designated by other documentation.  No official endorsement should be made.