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Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Palmer Research Symposium faces health disparities

Palmer Research Symposium faces health disparities

MAYWOOD, Il., (April 14, 2015) – Nearly 100 nurses, nurse practitioners, educators, administrators, healthcare professionals and students from around the country attended the 28th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium, held Saturday on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus. The daylong program addressed “Inequities in Health: From Cells to Community.”

Hosted by Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the event successfully engaged its diverse audience and provided an opportunity to share inter-professional knowledge. The day’s theme tied in with the school’s special interest in addressing health disparities and supported Loyola’s social justice efforts.

Keynote speaker Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, launched the symposium by discussing tailored and targeted interventions to reduce health disparities. Moore is a professor of nursing and associate dean for research at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

In addition to hearing from expert speakers covering topics such as cardiovascular health disparities, stress and trauma, breast cancer in Africa American women, and the value of community engagement, attendees also viewed posters selected to reflect the symposium theme.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International research award was presented to Seema Nasser, RN, MSN, PhD candidate (shown with Niehoff Professor and Endowed Chair for Research  Linda Janusek, chair of the Ruth K. Palmer Scientific Program Committee).

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