Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium will address health inequities

28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Symposium will address health inequities

Researchers invited to share knowledge at inter-professional conference

MAYWOOD, Ill. (January 9, 2015) – The 28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium will address “Inequities in Health: From Cells to Community.”

This event will begin on Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 a.m. (registration and poster viewing is from 7:45-8:30 a.m.) on Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Campus, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Keynote speaker Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, will present “Using Tailored and Targeted Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities.” Dr. Moore is a professor of nursing and associate dean for research at Case Western University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland.

“This year’s conference features research designed to increase the understanding of health inequities and strategies to close this gap in care,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, Dean of Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This event will engage diverse groups and share inter-professional knowledge to help reduce health inequities and further Loyola’s social justice efforts.”             

Dr. Moore will join a respected panel of speakers. Their presentations will:

  • advance understanding of the links between biological, behavioral, social, community and environmental determinants of health inequities;
  • provide a forum to disseminate research about the processes underlying the origin and maintenance of health inequities and interventions based on this knowledge;
  • identify areas requiring increased conceptual, empirical and methodological development needed to resolve health inequities;
  • and identify opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research that addresses health.

Nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, health-care professionals and students are invited to attend the presentations.
Poster sessions also will continue throughout the day. The deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation is Sunday, February 15. Notifications of acceptance will be given by Sunday, March 15.

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will sponsor this event.

LUHS is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity is being presented without the provision of commercial support and without bias or conflict of interest from the planners and presenters.

This activity will offer nursing contact hours.

The symposium was established from the Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment: a gift of dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her sister.

Visit the Palmer Symposium page for more information.