The 2015 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Summit-Helping Health Providers Address Social Determinants of Health was a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, public health professionals, and community leaders. The 2015 BHC Summit provided 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.
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New to the 2015 NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit was the 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, 13 abstracts were selected and 15 students were invited to present their research at the NEPO Summit. Project topics included: disparities in minors' access to reproductive health services, development of a bilingual and bicultural patient reported outcomes measure for pediatric facial deformities, and a mental health risk assessment of Assyrian immigrants and refugees in the San Joaquin Valley.
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.