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                    5th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute

Theme: Advocate for Social Justice and Cultural Inclusion to Enhance Equity by Promoting Research that Improves Patient-Centered Outcomes

                           Conference: April 18-19, 2018

                                     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.       Summarize how to advocate for social justice to address inequities in the healthcare system as they relate to the social determinants of health

3.       Build capacity for collaborative, interprofessional teams prepared to lead community-guided health care and address 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 1/19/2018 or Poster by 3/1/2018

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. 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. All accepted podiums & poster presenters must register for the conference and are responsible for their registration fee, travel, and all expenses related to the conference.
  4. Podium presentations will be 30 minutes to include question and answer. Posters are presented together with other posters during a 1 hour session.    


  1. MS Word document font 12 Times New Roman list in this order
  2. Abstract title (do not put in all caps)
  3. Presenting author’s name, credentials, title, organization name, email and phone #
  4. Additional authors’ names, credentials, title, organization
  5. Identify which learning out come your abstract addresses, can be more than one
  6. Identify Poster or Podium (can list both)
  7. Abstract content- must include:

a.       Problem/Purpose relevant to conference theme/objectives

b.       Background

c.        Discussion of issue or concepts/variables of interest

d.       Population, sample, setting if research & description of community resource

e.       Methods (research) or interventions (practice/teaching)

f.         Findings, conclusions & implications

g.       References (required)

Submission & Acceptance

  1. Podium Submission Deadline January 19th
  2. Poster Submission Deadline April 1st
  3. Submit abstract as an email attachment in MS Word format (do not PDF) to mcgoon@uthscsa.edu
  4. Confirmation of receipt of abstract will be emailed only to the first author, please allow a few business days.
  5. Acceptance of abstracts for Podium Presentation will be emailed to the first author no later than February 7th.
  6. Acceptance of abstracts for Poster Presentation will be emailed on an ongoing basis.    
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Speaker Info

April 18, 2018 Keynote Speaker:  Melanie Funchess, Director of Community Engagement, Mental Health Association

Melanie Funchess has served as an advocate for families and youth for over two decades and has worked extensively in the areas of family engagement and empowerment as well as community building. She presents, trains, and consults locally and nationally in the areas of mental health in communities of color, cultural competence/culturally responsive practice, family engagement, implicit bias, cultural brokering, community engagement, partnership building, racial trauma and healing. Ms. Funchess has also done extensive work with school systems to enhance parent engagement and promote culturally responsive approaches to school climate and pedagogy.

April 18, 2018 Special Guest Speaker telling her personal story: Cortney Jones, MSW, is the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1. It is an innovative community-based organization that collaborates with local agencies and individuals dedicated to foster care alumni success.

She is a remarkable social worker and a dynamic motivational speaker, whose speeches are based on life trials and tribulations and how she has overcome adversities to inspire others across Texas. Cortney's life mission is to help others find their true potential, while inspiring youth and adults to never let their past situations determine their future.

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5th Annual Cultural Inclusion Agenda

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7:15-8:00 AM


Breakfast served (attendees can take breakfast into Ballroom AB)


Ballrooms AB

Welcome: Founder: Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN; Tenured Professor, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing; Founder, Cultural Inclusion Institute

Chair:  Leona VandeVusee, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM; Project Director, Marquette University College of Nursing


Ballrooms AB

Melanie Funchess, Director of Community Engagement; has worked to form teams including parents, residents, professionals, and academics to create, implement and evaluate a plan to address the health and wellness of a specific geographic area; (has agreed to present)



Break & Refreshments


Ballrooms AB

Community/Patient Engagement Workshop, Moderator Michelle Rountree, PhD, MSSW, BA, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work

Patients: what they face in healthcare; what would it take for them to be involved in PCOR; what do they think are research priorities

Community agencies: what are they doing to engage patients; what are their outcomes


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Lunch on own


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

Courtney Leone Jones – Personal Story (30 Minutes)

& Performance (performer(s) TBA – 30 minutes)


Ballroom C & Poolside

The Knowledge Market will showcase 20 unique markets where healthcare professionals and community organizations have formed a partnership and implemented effective strategies in the community to improve patient outcomes through patient-centered/community-centered methods.

& Reception cash bar & hors devours

Thursday, April 19, 2018



Breakfast served (attendees can take breakfast into Ballroom AB); Visit with Exhibitors


Ballroom AB



Ballroom C

Poster Presentations


Ballroom AB

UHS Family Question Game


Ballroom AB

PCORI Speaker


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

1 Podium selected from abstracts


Ballroom AB

Conference 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.

13.0 Nursing Contact Hours provided

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.

13.0 Credit Hours provided

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Hotel Information

Book your hotel room as soon as possible, the conference is during Fiesta and the rooms will not last long. 

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.

                           $121/night (local/state taxes apply) available until March 15, 2018

                                                          Phone: 800-345-9285

                                              Reference Cultural Nursing Conference

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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 5th. 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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