Conference focuses on minority health issues


“Bridging the Gap: Emerging Health Issues in Underrepresented Minorities,” a symposium for clinicians, healthcare leaders and researchers to raise awareness of disparities in minority health care and emerging treatment options.

The conference also aims to recruit and support underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students in the health professions. More than 100 undergraduates interested in the health professions will attend the conference.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bridging the Gap symposiums.


Friday, Sept. 13

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt Road


The conference will address sickle cell disease, heart disease, HIV, lung disease, obesity, colorectal cancer, liver diseases, breast and gynecological diseases affecting minorities, research in health disparities, and health care equity.

Speakers include:

  • Jesse White, Illinois secretary of state
  • Dr. Dimitri Azar, dean of the UIC College of Medicine
  • Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Derek J. Robinson, executive director of the Illinois Hospital Association’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality
  • Dr. Martha L. Daviglus, professor and director of the UIC Institute for Minority Health Research

The conference is presented by the UIC College of Medicine Department of Surgery. Complete program schedule and registration.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System provides comprehensive care, education and research to the people of Illinois and beyond. UI Health includes a 495-bed tertiary hospital; the University of Illinois at Chicago colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Applied Health Sciences, the UIC School of Public Health and UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work; 22 outpatient clinics located in Chicago; 12 federally qualified health centers throughout the city; and College of Medicine and affiliated health care facilities in Urbana, Peoria and Rockford.

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