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Call for Research Abstracts: Deadline is April 15, 2022

Fifth Annual Summer Research Summit: Academic-Community Partnerships: Change Agents for Advancing Health

Houston, Texas (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Baylor College of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Research and Training (Baylor COE) is soliciting conference session proposals for the Center’s Fourth Annual Summer Research Summit, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 with a Student/Trainee Pre-Conference on the day prior (May 16). Each year, we host a networking and poster session for presentation of original research connected with the annual theme and overall learning objectives for the conference (see below). Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with dedicated time for attendees to view the posters. There will also be a poster competition. At least one of the authors must attend the conference. (see below). The theme for this year’s summit is Academic-Community Partnerships: Change Agents for Advancing Health Equity.

Proposals should be thought-provoking, and accessible to a broad technical and lay audience. We are particularly interested in proposals that address one of the following areas:

  • Interventions or policies, in the healthcare system or wider society, which reduce or eliminate health inequities
  • Health equity and the social determinants of health
  • Innovations in data linkage to identify, monitor and reduce health inequities
  • Becoming culturally competent healthcare providers and biomedical scientists
  • Unconscious bias, structural racism, and politics in health
  • Recruitment, retention and advancement of a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Diversity and inclusion best practices in clinical care, research, education or community outreach
  • Other topics related to conference theme and learning objectives

The virtual Health Equity Research Showcase and Poster Competition will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Digital copies of research abstracts and video recordings of posters are archived for future educational use by the Baylor COE. Presenters do not have to be affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and levels including faculty, staff and trainees at academic medical centers and other higher education institutions, private-practice healthcare professionals, government agencies, community organizations, health care organizations, and research institutions.

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Conference Learning Objectives and Target Audience

The summit will help participants explore current topics in health equity research, education, clinical care, and outreach and offer an opportunity for connecting with allies and partners working the field of health equity and reducing health disparities. At the conclusion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the effects of socioeconomic factors, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other patient characteristics on health inequities and identify ways to mitigate them in your own practice or organization
  • Apply course learnings to create a more welcoming healthcare environment and improve the delivery of culturally appropriate care for increasingly diverse patient populations
  • Mobilize clinicians, researchers, trainees, and other allies to engage in policy, systems and environmental change activities in support of health equity
  • Leverage partnerships and cross sector collaborations to advance health equity and identify best practices, methods and strategies to increase health equity in local communities
  • Summarize policies and practices that have been shown to contribute to inclusive workplace environments, and enhance recruitment, advancement and retention underrepresented minorities in the healthcare workforce
  • Develop and empower faculty, staff and trainees to support personal and organizational strategic goals related to diversity, inclusion and health equity

The Summit is open to all interested physicians and other healthcare professionals, healthcare administrators, trainees (e.g., residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral scholars), biomedical scientists, students (including undergraduates and high school), public health and other government officials, community organizations, and community members nationwide who are committed to workforce diversity in the health and biomedical sciences and bringing quality healthcare to underserved and under-represented populations in the United States.

General Requirements for Abstract

The abstract may not exceed 250 words in length excluding references and keywords. Content of the submissions must be structured into the following four (4) sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. All abstract presentations are limited to one primary presenter and no more than four secondary presenters. Baylor COE will officially correspond with only the primary presenter. It is the primary presenter's responsibility to communicate all conference information in a timely manner to any and all secondary presenters.

Be sure that your abstract title clearly describes exactly what the session is about. Baylor COE reserves the right to edit submitted abstracts.

  • Avoid abbreviations and acronyms that don't clearly explain the content.
  • Write in complete sentences. Do not use phrases. Pay attention to grammar and spelling.
  • Follow the description character limits. Baylor COE reserves the right to edit session descriptions.
  • You may submit more than one proposal, but you must submit an individual submission form for each contribution. Each submission will be reviewed independently. If more than one submission is accepted from an author, one of the co-authors must present any additional abstracts.
  • Please complete all the fields listed (if information is unknown, note that). Only complete submissions will be considered by the planning committee.
  • All submissions are due by April 15, 2022.

Review Guidelines

All complete abstract proposals submitted for the COE Summer Research Summit will be peer reviewed and rated by the members of the Conference Planning Committee. 

Following the review process, invitation letters for selected abstracts will be sent out electronically by May 1, 2022. Individuals whose session proposals are accepted are eligible for a discounted registration rate $25.