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Friday, January 9, 2015

28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium will address health inequities

Researchers invited to share knowledge at inter-professional conference

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The 28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will address “Inequities in Health: From Cells to Community.”

This event will begin on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. on Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Campus, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Keynote speaker Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, will present “Using Tailored and Targeted Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities.” Dr. Moore is a professor of nursing and associate dean for research at Case Western University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland.

“This year’s conference features research designed to increase the understanding of health inequities and strategies to close this gap in care,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, Dean of Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This event will engage diverse groups and share inter-professional knowledge to help reduce health inequities and further Loyola’s social justice efforts.”              
Dr. Moore will join a respected panel of speakers. Their presentations will:

  • advance understanding of the links between biological, behavioral, social, community and environmental determinants of health inequities;
  • provide a forum to disseminate research about the processes underlying the origin and maintenance of health inequities and interventions based on this knowledge;
  • identify areas requiring increased conceptual, empirical and methodological development needed to resolve health inequities;
  • and identify opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research that addresses health.

Nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, health-care professionals and students are invited to attend the presentations.
Poster sessions also will continue throughout the day. The deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation is Sunday, February 15. Notifications of acceptance will be given by Sunday, March 15.

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will sponsor this event.

LUHS is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity is being presented without the provision of commercial support and without bias or conflict of interest from the planners and presenters.

This activity will offer nursing contact hours.

The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment: a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her sister.

Visit the Palmer Symposium page for more information.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.