The North Carolina Allied Health Professions Diversity Conference:

“Closing the Gaps: Exploring Evidence-Based Practices to Enhance Health Professions Diversity.”

The North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity in collaboration with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences will host its biannual Conference, March 23 – 24, 2017 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center 1000 Club Road Greensboro, NC.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, we are soliciting abstracts that will showcase programs that have been successful in closing the gaps for students pursuing health careers. We welcome abstracts that include evidence-based practices, models and strategies that have proven successful in recruiting and retaining students in health professions programs as well as maintaining a diverse workforce setting. We are particularly interested in programs that have been rigorously evaluated and demonstrated success over time.

Authors may submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations under one of the following categories:

  1. Pre-College Programs to prepare students for college entry
  2. College Programs to improve retention and graduation
  3. Programs to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce in
    healthcare agencies
  4. Successful best practices, and 5) Research on topics relating to workforce diversity. Authors selected for oral presentations should prepare for a 10-15 minute presentation during the session. Authors selected for a poster presentation should prepare a standard poster size of 42 x 42 inches.

Abstract Instructions

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Include Key Words at the end of abstract.

Abstracts should clearly:

  • Identify the targeted population
  • State how the changes have increased health professions diversity and/or promoted health equity
  • Identify any challenges that have been encountered and how they were overcome
  • List authors and affiliation (include email/ contact information), Submission Type (oral/poster)  Research/Project/Abstract Title:

Required Areas Of Abstract Information

  1. Introduction/Background
  2. Methods/Program Description
  3. Results/Outcomes
  4. Conclusion

Student Poster Competition: To encourage scholarly engagement among students there is an opportunity to compete for a monetary award of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Student poster topics are not required to be related to the conference theme. Topics are flexible and may be related to health equity and/or health diversity.
Presenters must give a 4 minute overview of their research leaving 6 minutes for questions and answers. Posters will be displayed during the conference.

Presenters must give a 4 minute overview of their research leaving 6 minutes for questions and answers. Posters will be displayed during the conference.
Abstracts are due by Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For questions regarding abstract submission, please contact:

Dr. Vanessa Duren-Winfield

Dr. Elijah Onsomu

*The conference proceedings will be published in the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy (JBPHPD: Res, Educ and Policy).