Full course description


Conference on Community Engagement
and Healthcare Improvement
Connecting Research, Practice and Community for Improved Outcomes

San Antonio Texas, September 12-13, 2017
at the Historic Menger Hotel
Registration is now open
Registration fee: $500 Fee will increase on August 1st to $575
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What to expect at the conference?

  • Focus on healthcare improvement through community engagement, research and quality improvement initiatives
  • Develop practical strategies to engage patients and communities
    • In your research
    • In your practice
  • Connect with peers in the “Knowledge Market” accelerate practice transformation
  • Learn from your colleagues...best abstracts from around the nation selected for podium presentations
  • Learn from the experts...featured speakers discuss patient-center outcomes research initiatives, translational science, quality improvement, and more
  • Partner to develop interprofessional programs and expand networks.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Adapt and apply identified strategies for improving or building an emphasis on evidence-based practice and quality improvement within their healthcare organizations.
  • Develop strategies for increased patient and community engagement for all types and levels of healthcare.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits of community and patient engagement within research efforts, direct clinical environments and policy development.
  • Build capacity for interprofessional teams prepared to lead community-guided health care where patients, families and health care teams meet.
  • Recognize the role of collaborative, community partnerships in policy making.

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Keynote Speakers:

  • September 12th  Keynote Speaker Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President Health and Health Equity, Professor, College of Nursing and Health Profession, Drexel University. Dr. Jemmott, an expert in health promotion research, is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, with perhaps the most consistent track record of evidence-based HIV risk-reduction interventions. The team she and her husband, Dr. John B. Jemmott III, lead at Penn has attracted more than $100 million in NIH funding over the past two decades to design and test interventions that reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among diverse populations. Her studies have proved successful in reducing both risk-associated behaviors and the incidence of infection. Dr. Jemmott is an outstanding translational and community-engagement researcher who has had global impact. She has partnered with community-based organizations, from churches and clinics to barbershops, housing developments and schools, and transformed her research outcomes for use in real world settings. To date, eight of her evidence-based interventions have been designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health for national and international dissemination. Those interventions are used in 50 states across the nation and eight nations across the globe.

  • September 13th  Keynote Speaker C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, Professor in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Prof. Mullins receives a new $1.2 million PCORI Contract to inform best practices for giving patients a voice in research. Prof. Mullins’ research and teaching focus on pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and health disparities research. He has received funding as a Principal Investigator from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), various pharmaceutical manufacturers including Bayer, Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis, patent advocacy organizations, and the insurance industry. For more information on Prof. Mullins’ research projects, please see the Research Projects section. In addition to his faculty appointment, Prof. Mullins also serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Drugs and Public Policy at the School of Pharmacy, as well as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Value in Health. VIDEO: Prof. Mullins’ interview from the recent National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) conference, “Putting Patients First®: Paving a Path to Useful CER.”
Special Session Speakers:

  • Kristi Graves, PhD, Georgtown University, PCORI Funded Investigator
    Tenured Associate Professor of Oncology and in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Dr. Graves has led a PCORI-funded project to test an intervention that aims to help Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers improve their quality of life. Dr. Graves is collaborating with Nueva Vida, Inc (Washington DC) and three other community organizations (two in New York and one in California) on this effort. Dr. Graves is also co-leading an R01-funded project to explore symptoms experienced by patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer who received radioactive iodine treatment. In prior work, Dr. Graves investigated ways to inform people about genetic testing for genetic changes related to small increases in cancer risk. She is interested in translational research and research that improves cancer survivorship. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky.

  • Cindy Sickora, DNP, RN,Vice Dean for Practice and Engagement, UT Health School of Nursing; she is passionate about bringing high-quality, culturally competent care to underserved populations.  Her areas of interest include social determinants of health and the role of nursing in healthcare transformation.  “Nurses are uniquely situated to lead healthcare transformation by drawing from their deep roots in community and population health promotion”.  Dr. Sickora is responsible for the school of nursing clinical enterprise, which includes community-based clinics, the student and employee health center and multiple faculty practice initiatives.   She was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Rutgers Community Health Center a nurse managed federally qualified health center in Newark, NJ where she also served as the Associate Dean of Community and Clinical Practice for Rutgers School of Nursing.

  • Chinenye Anyanwu, PharmD, MPH, Engagement Officer at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI). She acts as a liaison between the Engagement and Science teams, helping manage the organization’s research portfolio and assuring engagement of patients and other stakeholders throughout the course of research projects. Before joining PCORI, Anyanwu completed a fellowship in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. She worked on various CER-PCOR training programs, was instrumental in the launch of the CER Collaborative Certificate Training program, a continuing education program on CER methods for pharmacists and pharmacy students. Anyanwu also spearheaded the first annual CER-PCOR Summer Institute, and served as project manager for the PCORI-funded National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) PCOR training program for rare-disease patients and patient advocates.

  • Luz Maria Bella-Cruz, MA and David Correa, MBA, BSN, RN are employed by the University Health System in San Antonio, TX. They have co-authored Scenarios for Success in Patient Communication (A Training Guide for Healthcare Professionals) and Diabetes Scenarios for Success in Patient Communication (A Training Guide for Healthcare Professional) to help improve communication between the healthcare professional and the patient or family members. Luz Maria and David have been featured presenters for national, state and local healthcare and literacy conferences. Their work is used nationally at conferences, hospitals, clinics, medical, nursing and pharmacy universities/schools, on websites, health literacy libraries and higher education.

  • Laura Kolaczkowski,, comes from Beavercreek, Ohio, and worked at the University of Dayton for over 25 years until MS challenged her enough to go onto full-time disability. She is active in the MS Community on multiple levels, and writes for her own person blog, InsideMyStory and a patient expert for MultipleSclerosis.net.1 Laura is the Lead Patient Representative and co-principal investigator for iConquerMS, a patient powered research network. Laura freely admits her Liberal Arts background fuels her interest in patient engagement and empowerment and she struggles with the science of MS.

Working Group Facilitators:

  • Carole White, PhD, RN is Professor and Nancy Smith Hurd Chair in Geriatric Nursing and Aging Studies at the School of Nursing, UT Health San Antonio. She teaches in the doctoral programs at the School of Nursing. She is leading a team to develop and implement a family caregiver program within the Bigg’s Institute for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health. She has been working clinically and conducting research with family caregivers for over 20 years and is passionate about ensuring best practice to support family caregivers and improve their quality of life.

  • Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCL, Assistant Professor, UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, Office of Faculty Affairs & Diversity. She has funded research by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

  • Darpan Patel, PhD Assistant Professor/Research, Office of Faculty Affairs & Diversity; is an expert on prostate cancer prevention. The focus of his research program is underscored by the unmet need to 1) develop protocols that prevent the onset and progression of prostate cancer and 2) reduce the adverse effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment. My passion is to answer this challenge and reduce the incidence and prevalence of prostate cancer in South Texas. Dr. Patel also serves as the Chair of the Community Engagement and Healthcare Improvement Conference.

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Call for Podium Presentations
Abstracts chosen for podium presentations will be placed in a breakout session;
each presentation will last approximately 25 minutes.
Deadline to submit is July 10, 2017
Click here for detailed information
Call for Knowledge Market
The CEHI Knowledge Market is designed to:

  • Connect patients, community partners, and healthcare providers
  • Stimulate knowledge sharing
  • Accelerate research, practice and patient outcome cycle
  • Find solutions to healthcare challenges

Submit for Poster, A Booth or Both deadline is August 1st
Click here for detailed information

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: A limited number of competitive scholarships are available for community members, students, and professionals. Each scholarship will cover registration to attend the conference. To apply for a scholarship please complete an online application https://is.gd/CEHI2017Scholarship

If you have any questions about the application processes, please contact Dr. Darpan Patel at pateld7@uthscsa.edu 

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Community Engagement & Healthcare Improvement (CEHI)

Conference Agenda

DAY 1  Tuesday, September 12, 2017






7:15 - 8:15

Registration Check-in, Breakfast & Exhibits



Welcome and Introduction: Darpan Patel, PhD, Assistant Professor/Research, School of Nursing, UTHSCSA



8:15 - 9:15

KEYNOTE: The Health Professionals Role in Improving Community Health
Loretta Jemmott, PhD, RN, Vice President for Health and Health Equity, Professor, Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University




Break & Exhibits

Breakout 1-A


Nueva Vida Intervention: Improving QOL in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers
Krista Graves, PhD, Georgetown University, PCORI Funded Investigator


Breakout 1-B

3 Presentations Selected from Abstracts


Breakout 1-C

Working Group: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Research Agenda
Facilitator: Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UTHSCSA, PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Awardee




Break & Exhibits



1 Presentation Selected from Abstracts




 Lunch on your own



Designing a RN-managed healthcare microsystem to provide culturally competent care
Cindy Sickora, DNP, RN, Vice  Dean for Practice and Engagement, School of Nursing, UT Health San Antonio




Break & Exhibits



Title: TBD
Chinenye Anyanwu, PharmD, MPH,  Engagement Officer  on our Public and Patient Engagement




Explanation of Knowledge Market and Poster reception




Knowledge Marketplace & Poster Reception




Latino Health Forum: Connecting Policy and the Patient
Host: Maximo Anguiano, Executive Director, Adelante Educational Trust




DAY 2 Wednesday, September 13, 2017







Breakfast & Exhibits



KEYNOTE: From community-based participatory research to community-based healing
C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland




Break & Exhibits

Breakout 2-A


3 Presentations Selected from Abstracts


Breakout 2-B

3 Presentations Selected from Abstracts


Breakout 2-C

Working Group: Crafting a Cancer Survivorship Research Agenda
Facilitator: Darpan I. Patel, PhD, Assistant Professor/Research, School of Nursing, UTHSCSA, PCORI EAIN Awardee




Student Poster Presentations




Lunch on own

Breakout 3-A


Scenarios for Success in Patient Communications
Luz Castillo and David Correa, University Health System



1 Presentation Selected from Abstracts


Breakout 3-B

1:30 - 3:00

Working Group: Setting a Caregiver Research Agenda
Facilitator: Carole White, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, UTHSCSA



3:00 - 3:15




People Powered Research: Collaboration Among Patients, Providers and Researchers to Improve Care in MultipleSclerosis
Laura Kolaczkowski, Co-PI,
iConquerMS PPRN
Rebecca Gray, Director, Alamo Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society




Closing comments: Darpan Patel, PhD, Assistant Professor/Research, School of Nursing, UTHSCSA



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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.

Nurses: 12.00 contact hours may be earned by registered nurses who successfully complete this continuing education activity.

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.

Social Workers: 12.00 credit hours may be earned by social workers who successfully complete this continuing education activity.

Criteria for successful completion:

·       Attendees must be present for at least 90% of each conference day to receive full credit.

·       Attendees must complete a post-conference evaluation.

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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 Eisenhauer 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.

$139/night (local/state taxes apply) available until August 19, 2017
Phone: 800-345-9285
Reference 2017 Community Engagement & Healthcare Improvement Conf.
September 12-13, 2017
Call 1-800-345-9285

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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. 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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