Conference Description

The North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity in collaboration with the North Carolina AHEC Program and Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences co-hosted the North Carolina Health Professions Diversity Conference on August 27-28, 2015 at the Grandover Hotel and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. The theme of the conference was “Joining Forces to Diversify the Health Professions.”  This two-day conference focused on showcasing best practice models and strategies that have proven successful in recruiting and retaining students in health professional programs as well as maintaining a diverse workforce setting. The conference provided opportunities to network and collaborate with others who share the same interests in creating diversity in the health workforce. All conference participants received a copy of the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy valued at $99
(https://wssu.edu/school-health-sciences/journal-of-best-practices/default.aspx).

Target Audience

This conference targeted leaders of institutions of higher education; faculty working in pipeline programs designed to enhance the diversity of the health professions; students, healthcare professionals, government officials and policy makers, healthcare administrators, non-profit organizations with  a healthcare focus and professional associations.

Objectives

  • Describe the status of diversity in the health professions in the state of North Carolina
  • Identify best practices in North Carolina and the nation’s health professions diversity
  • Establish collaborations in order to develop strategies with key leaders, administrators, educators, practitioners and students to increase diversity in the health professions workforce.

2015 KEYNOTE CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

  • Warren P. Newton, MD, MPH
  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (invited)
  • James H. Johnson Jr.
  • Bahby Banks, PhD, MPH
  • James E. Taylor, PhD
  • Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP

Key Conference Results

One of the key results of the conference was the formation of a steering committee with representatives from various health professions schools, the community college system, and local health organizations. The group engaged in a strategic planning process in 2010 and meets on a regular basis to dialogue on issues that affect diversity. The second North Carolina Health Professions Diversity Conference was held August 29 – 30, 2012 in Greensboro and over 200 participants attended.

For more information about The North Carolina Alliance’s plans and activities, please contact us.

Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors

  • NC AHEC
  • NC Oce of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • NC Schools of Medicine
  • Campbell School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health Aairs Pipeline Partnership Initiative (HAPPI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Allied Health Sciences
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs
  • University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Gold Level Sponsors

  • Carolinas HealthCare System

Silver Level Sponsors

  • Campbell University, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • High Point University
  • Winston-Salem State University, School of Health Sciences
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Nursing
  • Western Carolina University

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • Elon University
  • Wake Forest Maya Angelou Center
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, School of Nursing
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Collaborators
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Health and Human Services

2015 Conference Photo Gallery