Researchers to Take On Unequal Treatment Facing Racial and Ethnic Minorities at 14th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium at Loma Linda University Health

The symposium, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, will also showcase scientific presentations of about 80 promising high school, undergraduate, medical, and post-graduate students who performed research addressing several diseases and health disparities, with guidance from scientists from Loma Linda University Health.

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Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

A decade after a Congress-commissioned study reporting disparities in delivering treatment for racial and ethnic minorities was released, researchers will now discuss if progress has been made, at the 14th annual Health Disparities Research Symposium at Loma Linda University Health.

The symposium, hosted by Loma Linda University School of Medicine Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, is set to begin at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center, 11175 Campus St., Loma Linda, Calif. 92350.

The symposium will also showcase scientific presentations of about 80 promising high school, undergraduate, medical, and post-graduate students who performed research addressing several diseases and health disparities, with guidance from scientists from Loma Linda University Health.

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD., the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson professor of health policy, and director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address.

The theme of the symposium is “The Institute of Medicine’s Unequal Treatment Report 10 Years Later: Are We on the Right Path?”. In 1999, Congress directed a study to assess the extent of disparities in health care services and treatment received by racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

The study concluded that minorities are likely to receive unequal and lower quality health services, and recommended increased efforts to reduce the disparities.

“We are very excited to welcome our colleagues and guests to the symposium to discuss this very important matter,” said Marino De Leon, PhD, director of the Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-designated Center of Excellence on Health and Minority Health.

“As our society expands and becomes even more diverse, it’s more important than ever to address issues that contribute to disparities in treatment and health,” he said.

To register for the conference, go to http://www.llu.edu/hdr. For more information, email chdmm(at)llu(dot)edu

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