Agenda: August 24, 2003

08:00 am - 08:30 am Navigation Team Leaders Meeting (Team Leaders only)
08:30 am - 08:45 am "Confluence" Kickoff
08:45 am - 09:30 am Summoning Moral Courage
09:30 am - 11:30 am Opening Plenary: Racism and Public Health, Revisited
11:30 am - 01:30 pm Learning "Navigation" Lunch and Learn, Challenge #1: Steeling Resolve
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm Action Workshops for Change I
03:45 pm - 05:15 pm Action Workshops for Change II
Undoing Racism: Getting Started at Home

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Terri D. Wright, MPH
Program Director, W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
Director, Center for Minority Health, Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health & Social Justice, University of Pittsburgh

Institutional racism drives persistent and increasing racial and ethnic disparities in health in the United States. What is within the capacity and control of local public health organizations to help undo the systemic barriers that keep so many urban women and children of color from achieving optimal health and well-being? This workshop provides straight talk and clear steps for getting started with the business of change through an examination of internal policies and practices.

Mastering Data in Politicized Times

Jack Levine, MS
President, Voices for Florida's Children

Linda Hook, RN, MSHP - moderator
Nursing Program Manager, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Public health practitioners recognize that the translation of data into action can be marked by political tensions. Knowing and mastering the powers and limitations of data are essential parts of effective practice. In keeping with the CityMatCH framework of the "Data Use Triangle," participants will identify issues and strategies for managing the tensions that occur at the crossroads between data, programs and politics. Learn from a master of MCH data politics in Florida about how to navigate the political waters to reach your destination.

Access to Care: Finding Out What’s Really Going On

Carol Brady, BS, MA
Executive Director, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition

Claude M. Dharamraj, MD
Assistant Director, Pinellas County Health Department

What are the invisible stumbling blocks that prevent urban women and children from getting the care they need? How do we examine our own attitudes and actions? How do we more fully understand the attitudes and actions of the people we serve? This session will examine tools developed by one community to assess and measure African American women's perceptions of and experience with healthcare services. It will also examine a program designed to make care friendlier for all.

Welcoming the Stranger: Meeting the Health Needs of New Neighbors

Carolyn Wright French, MPA, MSN, CPNP
Bureau Chief, Family Health Services, Arlington County Public Health Division

Adey Fisseha
Policy Associate - Public Benefits, National Immigration Law Center

Violanda Grigorescu, MD, MSPH - moderator
MCH Epidemiology Fellow, Health Resources & Services Administration/Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

How can local public health organizations and leaders in urban communities become better equipped to understand and serve the increasingly diverse women and children who work and wake within their local communities? What competencies and strategies are essential and effective to meet the many needs of newest residents? Hear local and national background, lessons learned and proven strategies for meeting the needs of equity and access for all, regardless of national origin.

Protecting Women's Health Rights - Standing Strong for Women

Trude Bennett, DrPH, MPH, MSW
University of North Carolina, School of Public Health

Kathy Carson, RN - moderator
Parent, Child & Reproductive Health Administrator, Seattle-King County Department of Public Health

The battle over "hanging chads" has faded, replaced by a different ideological landscape, clear policy shifts and changes in funding. While the dust has yet to settle, two important questions have begun to crystallize: "What do these changes mean for women?" and "What is the impact on local public health's ability to safeguard the health of women, children and families?" This session will focus on key changes in women's health policy and related legislation. Find out about strategy options for local public health departments as they strive to maintain and enhance access and equity for urban women.

06:00 pm - 09:00 pm DUI Dinner (by invitation only)
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm Undoing Racism Dinner (by invitation only) All rights reserved©