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Feb 02 12:00 PM  Zoom How did we get here? A history of health inequities in the United States (part 6 of 6) The root cause of health inequity in the United States is structural racism. Stark inequities in morbidity and mortality among minoritized populations have persisted for generations. This series will contextualize the historical and systemic nature of racism in America and how systemic racism impacts our health. As a concept that first emerged with European colonial expansion in the 16th century, race is woven into the fabric of American consciousness. It is insufficient and harmful to view racism as an isolated event; doing so invalidates the experiences of those afflicted by racism while perpetuating the structures and systems that uphold racism. We are reimagining our conversations on racism and embarking on a journey—beginning with the moment of our country's inception through the country's current state. The first stop on our journey will unpack the direct link from Slavery to Mass Incarceration, highlighting the structural forces of racism—including the intersection among various demarginalized groups and the concept of Race Throughout the Americas. Our journey will then showcase the concepts behind the immoral and pseudoscientific theory of the Eugenics Movement, Genetic Determinism and Understanding the American Desire to Attribute Health Inequities to Genetics, along with the impact of Discrimination, Stress, and Allostatic Load and Understanding the Health Impacts of the Lived Experience of Racism to thriving while Black—A History of Black Businesses and a Life as an African American student at the University of Kansas. Our journey will unpack historical events through the current state to understand the history of health inequities. Feb 02 12:00 PM  Zoom Outcomes from NASEM's Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Organizations Report This seminar will feature leaders from the NASEM’s interdisciplinary committee discussing the report’s findings. Feb 16 08:00 AM  KUMC's Clendening Auditorium Robinson Room 2004, and Virtual Toward trustworthy research: Building respectful relationships and addressing inequities throughout clinical research with Stephanie Kraft, JD Stephanie Kraft, JD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of Research for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She is a lawyer, bioethicist, and mixed-methods social science researcher with a scholarly focus on improving patients’ and participants’ experiences with clinical and translational research and the equitable clinical implementation of emerging technologies. Professor Kraft’s current research projects, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, aim to promote respectful and equitable research recruitment and to integrate community values into the development of artificial intelligence-enabled mobile health tools. Feb 23 08:00 AM  Children's Mercy Research Institute Auditorium and livestream Racial Equity in Healthcare Children’s Mercy will be co-hosting a Grand Rounds presentation by Dr. Uche Blackstock. Dr. Blackstock is  a champion for women in medicine and someone who has been a leading voice for describing the experiences of Black women and other women of color in medicine and the academic environment. Please see her bio attached and the Grand Rounds announcement. Dr. Blackstock’s visit is being supported by Children’s Mercy, UMKCSOM, and KUMC. Feb 23 12:00 PM  Zoom Research and Discovery Grand Rounds: Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Care: The Final Frontier Speaker: John Spertus, M.D., MPH Summary: Patient-reported Outcomes (PROs) are powerful tools for understanding patients’ perspectives of their disease. While they been increasingly used into clinical trials and observational research, their potential to improve routine clinical and disease management is just developing. Join Dr. John Spertus, cardiologist and the Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he serves as Clinical Director of Outcomes Research at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute (MAHI), who has pioneered the development and use of PROs in cardiology. He will discuss their potential in clinical practice and quality assessment to improve the patient-centeredness and value of healthcare. No registration is required.  Mar 16 10:00 AM  via Zoom Frontiers Roadshow Want to learn about Frontiers? Join us as mPIs Mario Castro, M.D., MPH, and Steve Leeder, PharmD, Ph.D., walk attendees through Frontiers resources, services and funding opportunities.  Register today! Mar 16 03:00 PM  Zoom and KaufmannFoundation Conference Center Innovations in Quality Forum: Redesigning Healthcare Delivery to Improve Value Innovations in Quality will discuss Redesigning Healthcare Delivery to Improve Value from 3 - 4:30 p.m.  Please register if you plan to attend this event.  Apr 11 02:00 PM  Remote Implementation Science Quarterly Meeting Come meet and connect with your fellow Implementation Science investigators. Meeting to include networking, sharing works-in-progress and informal conversations about timely topics. Please email Maggie Padek Kalman ( to be added to the meeting invite. Apr 20 08:00 AM  Children's Mercy Research Institute Nexus Informatics Conference The Nexus Informatics Conference provides a unique blend of informatics perspectives and expertise – industry, academia, medicine, agriculture, technology and biology – a true “nexus”.  Attendees will have opportunities to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations. The goals of the Nexus Informatics Conference are to: (1) bring together informatics researchers from academia and industry to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem-solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations (2) provide an opportunity for informatics students to learn about employment opportunities within the region and employers to meet prospective candidates
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