Meeting the health care needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse society and correcting disparities in healthcare delivery will be discussed at a national conference, "Enhancing Diversity in Healthcare Delivery and Education: Needs and Strategies," scheduled May 3-5 at Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina in San Diego.
National authorities in the field of diversity in medical education and healthcare will be presenters at the three-day conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Indian Physicians, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Medical Association, and the UCSD School of Medicine.
Co-chairs of the conference are Sandra Daley, M.D., assistant dean of student development and director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at the UCSD School of Medicine, and Sandra Perez-McCraw, M.D., a pediatrician in private practice.
"One of our goals is to develop strategies for enhancing diversity in our own communities through the use of educational systems, healthcare delivery systems, health service providers and the workforce," said Perez-McCraw.
"As educators and physicians, we need to understand the changing demographics of our population, how that impacts medical practice, and how we train new physicians, emphasizing cultural competency and focusing on the needs of underserved communities," said Daley.
Among the featured speakers scheduled to address the conference and lead workshops are Vivian Pinn, M.D., associate director for Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health, who will give the opening dinner address, speaking on "Diversity in Women's Health."
The keynote address, "Health Status of Underserved Communities," will be delivered by David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., professor of medicine at UCLA. The luncheon address will be given by Michael Drake, M.D., vice president for health affairs, University of California.
Conference workshops will cover a number of topics, including "Promoting Cultural Competency in Education," "Lessons to be Learned from the Community and Business," "An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race," and "Models of Healthcare Delivery Systems in Diverse Communities."
The conference is designated for 10.5 Continuing Medical Education credit hours. For information on conference registration, call toll free (888) 229-6263 or visit the UCSD CME website at http://cme.ucsd.edu.