Health Equity Conference


About the Conference

Each year MHDI holds an annual conference that brings together organizations, researchers, and thinkers to share strategies and resources for advancing health equity in Nebraska and beyond. The 2024 conference will address how social, economic, and environmental factors impact health and healthcare. It will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. There will be a variety of health equity speakers, workshops, research sharing, and networking opportunities. The event is FREE and open to the public.

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8:30am – 9:00am CT   Registration

9:00am – 9:30am CT   Indigenous Land Acknowledgement & Welcome

9:30am – 10:30am CT   Poster Session - This session will showcase a multitude of projects in health equity research through brief presentations that will allow for more personal conversation and discussion. We are accepting poster abstracts until December 01, 2023. View the call for abstracts.

10:30am – 11:00am CT   Break & Yoga is for Every Body - During the break, Kjersten Egger, Wellness and Education Director at the Wellbeing Initiative, Inc, will lead inclusive yoga for those who are interested.

11:00am – 12:00pm CT   Workshops

12:00pm – 1:00pm CT   Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm CT   Connect & Collaborate: Building Bridges for Health Equity Solutions

2:00pm – 2:15pm CT   Break

2:15pm – 3:15pm CT   Keynote Speaker

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Sharla Smith, PhD | "Advancing Health Equity in Maternal and Child Health"
Social determinants of health, racism, and social injustice perpetuate a violent cycle that includes inequities in maternal and infant health. The goal of the presentation is to highlight the inequities including access to quality healthcare, structural racism, implicit bias, wealth inequalities, and underlying chronic conditions. Dr. Sharla Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health and Director of Birth Equity in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medical Center-Kansas City.

3:15pm – 3:30pm CT   Closing Remarks