Building Healthy Communities Summits

2016 Building Healthy Communities Summit

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees for making the 2016 Building Healthy Communities Summit a success! Keep an eye on this page for updates about the next Building Healthy Communities Summit.

The 2016 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Summit was a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, public health professionals, and community leaders. The 2016 BHC Summit provided physicians with opportunities to learn about emerging health policy issues, best practices for reducing health disparities, and cultural competency in clinical care. 

The Summit inspired physicians and health care providers to participate in community health efforts and to be challenged to improve health care and the quality of life in their communities. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from nationally acclaimed thought leaders and network with colleagues.

Click here to view the photos from the 2016 NEPO Summit!

Featured Speakers as the 2016 BHC Summit included;
  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner;
  • George Halvorson, Chair of the First 5 Commission;
  • Karen Smith MD, MPH, Director of the California Department of Public Health; 
  • Rishi Manchanda MD, Founder of HealthBegins and author of The Upstream Doctors;
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, Flint water quality activist, Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University (via live video feed).


Click here to view presentation slides and handouts from the Summit

Click Here to See the Full 2016 Program


The Medical Student Poster Presentations were an opportunity for medical students to present their research during a poster presentation session. In order to participate, medical students submitted poster abstract applications showcasing their research projects related to health disparities in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and population/behavioral/social sciences.

Overall, 12 abstracts were selected and 15 students were invited to present their research at the NEPO Summit. Project topics included: culturally-sensitive interventions for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, programs to expand the diversity of future medical students, and analysis of the effects of native language on the likelihood of performing CPR.

Medical students presented their research and findings to a team of judges and to several high school students visiting from a local Health Careers Opportunity Program. The high school students were inspired by the impressive presentations and valued the opportunity to learn firsthand advice from medical students.

Our team of judges were so impressed by the quality of this years presenters that they opted to recognize two presentations. Implementation of Team Kid Power (KiPOW!): A school based intervention targeting pediatric dietary and physical activity behaviors by Jenifer Nam and Alexa Love of UC Irvine was recognized as the Outstanding Programmatic Presentation. Superutilizers in the Safety Net: Achieving Success in Complex Care Management by Teresa Robbins of UC San Diego was recognized as the Outstanding Clinical Presentation.



ETHNIC PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD  - Congratulations to Anthony Fenison, MD!

Dr. Anthony Fenison led the physicians of the J.W. Vines Medical Society on a mission to reach as many underserved and under-represented students interested in medicine. Under Dr. Fenison’s leadership, pre-med students in the Inland Empire are mentored toward health career goals and medical mission trips, to provide relief to Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake.



FRANK E. STAGGERS, SR., MD OUTSTANDING ETHNIC PHYSICIAN ORGANIZATIONS AWARD - Congratulations to the Association of Black Women Physicians! 

For more than three decades, The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) has demonstrated commitment to improvement of public health and welfare, advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community and a philanthropic support for underserved communities and women medical students of color.  ABWP has positively impacted, revitalized and transformed communities through its premiere educational programs, philanthropic outreach and strategic advocacy efforts.

Building healthy communities is a key component of what community physicians are about. The Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations embraces these challenges and encourages physicians and other healthcare providers to be involved in community efforts to make California healthier for all.

Thank you for joining us in building on and expanding the important work of NEPO at the largest multi-ethnic physician convening in the country.



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