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Conference Info

                    4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute

Theme: Linking Social Determinants of Health to Health Disparities and Cultural Inclusion

                           Conference: April 26-27, 2017

                                     San Antonio, Texas

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain how expanding the diversity of healthcare professionals can better address the social issues related to access to care, including cultural practices, language barriers, and stigma.
  2. Describe research in health disparities, the development of strategies to reduce them and innovations in obtaining health and social services funding.
  3. Describe public health strategies in eliminating health disparities and policies that can improve social determinants of health.
  4. Understand how to advocate for social justice to address the inequities in the healthcare system as it relates to the social determinants of health.

 Who Should Attend? Primary Care Providers, Nurses, Social Workers, Dentists, Educators, Researchers, Non-Profit Community Based Agencies, and Students.

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Call for Abstract

Submit for Podium by 1/20/2017 or Poster by 3/1/2017

Carefully follow the Submission Guidelines. Before submitting please review the conference goal and objectives. We are interested in submissions that are focused around one or more of the conference learning outcomes. The submissions do not have to be strictly healthcare related. All accepted authors must register for the conference and are responsible financially for their registration fee, travel, hotel and all expenses related to their trip. Early registration fee is $300 (available until 3/17/2017).


  1. Please review the Conference Theme and Learning Outcomes. We are interested in submissions that are focused on one or more of the conference learning outcomes.
  2. All listed authors must complete (prior to submitting) the online biographical data form and disclosure https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UTHSCSA_COI
  3. In MS Word document font 12 Times New Roman list in this order
  4. Abstract title (do not put in all caps)
  5. Presenting author's name, credentials, title, organization name, email and phone #
  6. Additional authors' names, credentials, title, organization
  7. Identify Poster or Podium
  8. Abstract content- must include:
    • Problem/Purpose relevant to conference theme/objectives
    • Background
    • Discussion of issue or concepts/variables of interest
    • Population, sample, setting if research & description of community resource
    • Methods (research) or interventions (practice/teaching)
    • Findings, conclusions & implications
    • References
  9. Submit abstract as an email attachment in MS Word format (do not PDF) to mcgoon@uthscsa.edu
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Speaker Info

April 26, 2017 Keynote Speaker:

Joyce James, LMSW-AP

Ms. James, LMSW-AP, will provide an interactive 4 hour workshop entitled A Groundwater Analysis of Institutional Racism

This workshop is designed to:

  • Provide well-meaning systems leaders and community partners with a new lens for understanding institutionalized racism at the “groundwater” level, and as the underlying cause of racial inequities
  • Facilitate activities designed to create a cultural and philosophical shift in attitudes and assumptions about why certain populations experience the same disproportionate and disparate outcomes in all systems
  • Shift the conversation away from developing programs and services to “fix broken people”, to a shared and mutual level of accountability, that also includes an understanding of the need to transform or “fix broken systems”.

Ms. James began her professional career as a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker and has established an impressive 34-year history in addressing racial inequities in child and family serving systems. She has powerful story of her journey from CPS caseworker to Assistant Commissioner of Texas CPS, to leader of the Center of Elimination Disproportionality and Disparities (the Center) at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Ms. James is currently the CEO and owner of Joyce James Consulting, based in Central Texas, and providing short and long term technical assistance, seminars, workshops, policy and program reviews, and other specialty designed services, with a focus on supporting and developing leaders toward a race equity analysis using data and racial equity principles that lead to systems transformation and the achievement of equity.

Rebecca Ibarra, Student Nurse Phoenix College

Ms. Ibarra will share her story and journey as a Mexican American/Native American struggling through youth to pursue her education and breaking barriers to make positive change for a better future for herself and her family.  The discussion will include the importance of recognizing culture, traditions, language and lineage and using it as guidance to thrive in education. 

Rebecca was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Pomona, CA. She is one of seven siblings, the first in her family to graduate High School and the first to pursue a degree. She graduated high school in 1996 and attended Northwest College of Medical Assistants soon after. Rebecca moved to Phoenix, AZ in December 2005 and made the desert her home. She has four talented children, including one recent high school graduate who is following her footsteps to pursue a career in Nursing. Rebecca is the proud wife of her husband of 19 years and very grateful for his support and love as she journeys through nursing school. Rebecca is currently attending Phoenix College through the BNFP program and will continue her education to reach her goal as a Nurse Midwife. Rebecca has volunteered in many communities as a medical interpreter including non-profit organizations to promote better communication through patients, clients and providers to offer optimal health education and care. She enjoys sharing her Mexican/Native history and culture with the community and believes in the preservation of identity, cultural competency and empowering troubled and underprivileged communities through education of health, wellbeing and spirit.

Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams has held various positions in HHS, working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. 

Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She assisted in managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS in 1992. She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. She also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland. RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. She has served as guest lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She has also served as the Chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council, and the Federal Nursing Service Council. 

RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

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4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Agenda

Time Event
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:15-8:15 AM Breakfast served
8:15-8:30 Welcome
8:30-12:30 Keynote Workshop: Joyce James, A Groundwater Analysis of Institutionalized Racism
12:30-1:45 Lunch on own
1:45-2:30 Keynote Presentation: A national look at cultural inclusion and how it impacts rural and urban communities.  Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., United States Deputy Surgeon General; Nursing's role in leading healthcare transformation as it relates to social determinants of health
2:30-2:45 Break 
2:45-4:00 PANEL 1: Panelist will discuss the development of diverse nursing workforce and their key strategies in implementing their program.  Presenters: McCarthy, Wros, Kovacevich.  Modertor: Rogers
4:10-5:20 PANEL 2: Panelists will discuss how the nurse researcher identified social determinants of health in the community and then how they setup and implemented a research program in the community: Presenters: Batchelor, Cantu, Mastel-Smith.  Moderator: VandeVusse
5:45-7:15 Poster Abstracts Presented by Authors & Reception provided
Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:15-8:15 Breakfast served
8:00-8:30 UHS Luz Marie Castillo & David Correa
8:35-10:05 Keynote Presentation: Rebecca Ibarra, Student, Thriving for Empowerment Through Spiritual Identity, followed by spiritual dance, Danza Azteca
10:05-10:30 Break
10:30-10:50 Identifying and Addressing the Health Care Needs of Transgender Patients; Cathleen Collins, PhD, RN
10:50-11:10 Testing Linking and Retaining Latino Communities in HIV Care; Dora Martinez, MD, PCMH
11:10-11:30 Question & Answer Time
Time Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 2
1:00-1:20 1-A  Improving Medication Management in Hypertension Patients in the Outpatient Setting; Clarissa Carvalho, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC 2-A  Reproductive Health Education for Substance Using Women; Karen Palombo, LMSW, LCDC 
1:20-1:40 1-B  Challenges for the Hispanic Female Kidney Transplant Patient; Katie Chargualaf, PhD, RN, CMSRN & Amy Timmons RN, BSN  2-B  Community Leadership Team Training/Technical Assistance: Implementing Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention/CHOICES in Tribal Communities; Pamela Gillen, ND, RN, CNS
1:40-2:00 Question & Answer Time Question & Answer Time
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:35 1-C  Interprofessional Education as a Tool to Address Underserved Representation and Cultural Competence Among Health Professionals; Donna Paris, MSN,RN, CCRN-K 2-C  The Role of the Transculturally Prepared PhD RN in a Community Hospital Setting:  Promoting Transcultural Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research While Fostering a Culture of Cultural Competency; Valera Hascup, PhD, RN, MSN, CCES, DLC
2:35-2:55 1-D  Meeting Texas Nursing Workforce Needs through Recruitment and Retention Initiatives; Jodie Gary, PhD, RN; Deb Matthews, PhD, RN 2-D  An Innovative Interprofessional Health Delivery Model for Addressing Social Determinants of Health; Peggy Wros, PhD, RN
2:55-3:15 Question & Answer Time Question & Answer Time
3:20-3:40 1-E  Caring for California Communities: Addressing Social Injustice in Healthcare; Mary Lopez, PhD, RN 2-E  Application of Evidence-Based Practices to Global Interprofessional Collaborations Aimed at Reducing Hearing-Related Health Disparities; Tracey Page Smith, DNP, RN, FNP & Martha Mendoza Zinn, DNP, RN, FNP
3:40-4:00 1-F   Cuban Health Care System: A Myth or Model for Prevention and Health Care for All?  Barbara Poremba, EdD, MPH, MS, RNCS, ANP, CNE 2-F  Relationships Among Food Insecurity, Perceived Stress, General Self-Efficacy, and Obesity in Female Heads-of-Household with Children; Emily Havrilla, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, CRRN
4:00-4:20 Question & Answer Time Question & Answer Time
4:25-4:45 Wrap Up and Poster awards

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Continuing Education

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners.

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Hotel Information

The host hotel is the historic Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, one of the “must see” places in San Antonio. This historic landmark hotel is located next door to the Alamo. The Menger’s special aura may be traced to this hotel’s role as host to some of the most important and colorful people of the past. “O’Henry” favored the hotel and included it in several of his works. General Robert E. Lee rode his horse, Traveler, into the lobby. General Ulysses S. Grant tipped a few at the Menger Bar. President Eisenhower enjoyed strolling the gardens. It was the San Antonio home of Sarah Bernhardt, Judge Roy Bean’s Lilly Langtry, and movie star Mae West. In the 19th century wing, there are unique Victorian-style lodging rooms that have been preserved and are available by special request. The fabulous Menger Bar is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders for the Spanish-American War.

                           $120/night (local/state taxes apply) available until April 5, 2017

                                                          Phone: 800-345-9285

                                              Reference Cultural Nursing Conference

                                                              April 25-27, 2017

                                                            Call 1-800-345-9285

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Things to do in San Antonio

Experience San Antonio's diverse culture of authentic foods, music and art represented by Old Mexico, the Wild West Native America, Germany, Africa and the Deep South. The host hotel is just a stone throw away from the Alamo. The Riverwalk provides the visitor a cool shady haven to take a leisurely stroll along the river's edge where you will find vendors, boutiques, and nightclubs or just relax in a peaceful and quiet corner in a park like setting. The narrated trolley's or horse-drawn carriages provide a relaxing yet informative atmosphere to take in San Antonio's culture, history, and charm. Take time to visit the Alamo cruise down the beautiful Riverwalk on a barge or take a leisurely stroll through Hemisfair Park to the Institute of Texan Cultures (lots of walking) or explore the Guadalupe Cultural Center (10 minute Taxi) and Mexican Cultural Institute. Spend time at Market Square for a taste of old Mexico, offering a variety of food and more than 50 specialty shops. Browse La Villita, San Antonio's oldest surviving settlement, dating from the 1750's, to view the artists and craftsmen, shops, and restaurants. Rich in culture, San Antonio is home to a remarkably diverse community. Cuisine, as well as the art and cultural events in San Antonio are beautiful reflections of this diversity. Come for the conference, but stay for the fun.

San Antonio Weather

Other Attractions:


River Tour by ADA Accessible barge 

San Antonio Trolley 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas 


Splashtown Water Park 

Schlitterbahn Water Park 

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Registration Policies

Payment Options: Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the online registration. We are not accepting check payments. If credit card payment is not made (or special code is used) your registration will be deleted and there will be no record of your information kept in the system.

Attendee Cancellation, Substitution, Refund: The conference registration fees are not refundable. You may send a substitute if you are unable to attend, let us know no later than April 20th. Please email gutierrezc8@uthscsa.edu to inform her of this change.

Guest Attendance Policy: All conference activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for conference attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the conference areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

DLL Conference Modification or Cancellation: DLL reserves the right to modify the course’s schedule or program as necessary. DLL also reserves the right to cancel this conference, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

The Department of Lifelong Learning cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket or flight change in the event of a course cancellation or the rescheduling of the program. Upon registering in any continuing Nursing Education activity, the participant agrees that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and their affiliates, and all personnel associated with the program are not responsible or liable for any injuries or other damages sustained by the attendee in connection with the scheduled activity, and the participant hereby releases each of them from any claims against them arising directly or indirectly from any such injury or damage. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of DLL cancellation.

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