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April 12, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Student Center | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff

Contemporary Issues in Urban Health: Contributions from Nursing Science

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wayne State University Student Center  - 5221 Gullen Mall

City living can contribute to a healthy population through increased access to state-of-the-art health care services and talented practitioners, but it can also pose significant health risks through increased exposure to environmental contaminants, infectious diseases, chronic illnesses, and violence.

This one-day conference will examine how social and environmental factors interact to affect health outcomes in vulnerable, underserved populations from a nursing perspective. Nurse scientists will shed light on urban health topics including cancer education, prevention, early detection and risk management; effects of intimate partner violence on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women, infants and young children; poor air quality and the increased risk of respiratory disease; improving pain self-management in African Americans with cancer;

Who should attend?

Healthcare practitioners and researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. Nurses, pharmacists, physicians, social workers, therapists, faculty and students will gain valuable insights that can be applied to everyday patient care, education and research. A continental breakfast, lunch and the opportunity to network with other professionals, students, and faculty will be provided.

This activity is being submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)


Ballroom, 2nd Floor, WSU Student Center

8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome
Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, Ph.D., RN, Dean and Professor

9:05 a.m. Introduction of Opening Speaker
April Hazard Vallerand, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Ph.D. Program, College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor, WSU College of Nursing

9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker. Renowned expert on cancer and health disparities and urban communities.
Promoting Health and Disease Prevention and Affecting Positive Change with Urban Communities: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Nurse Educators, Clinicians, Scientists and Advocates, Sandra Millon Underwood, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

10:30 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Developing Research Partnerships to Link Communities to Care. This panel discussion will address learning from and partnering with community leaders in urban health. Successful community partnerships are formed through careful listening, asking a community about its needs, and development of a community advisory board.

  • Kate Kohn-Parrot, M.B.A., President and CEO, Greater Detroit Area Health Council
  • Phyllis Meadows, Ph.D., RN, Senior Fellow, Kresge Foundation
  • Ramona Benkert, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Wayne State University College of Nursing and Co-Director Michigan Area Health Education Center (AHEC)  

Ballroom, 2nd Floor, WSU Student Center

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Research Posters

Rooms A, B, and C, 2nd Floor, WSU Student Center

1:45 p.m. Local perspectives on urban health and community. Faculty research breakout sessions:

  • Hilberry Room A: Environmental Determinants and Respiratory Health in Vulnerable Urban Populations, Helene Krouse, Ph.D., ANP-BC, CORLN, FAAN, Professor, WSU College of Nursing
  • Hilberry Room B: Developing Interventions to Improve Function in African Americans with Pain, April Vallerand, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Ph.D. Program, College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor, WSU College of Nursing
  • Hilberry Room C: Growing the Science of Palliative Care Research for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer through PhD and DNP Collaboration. Cynthia Bell, PhD, RN, Assistant professor, & Jessica Diver, DMP, CPNP-AC, Instructor (Clinical), WSU College of Nursing.

2:45 p.m. Break

Ballroom, 2nd Floor, WSU Student Center

3:15 p.m. WSU College of Nursing Alumna of the Year Award
Cynthia Taueg, Ph.D. (B.S.N. ’71), Vice President, Community Based Health Services and President, St. John Community Health Investment Corporation

3:30 p.m. Sigma Theta Tau International—Lambda research grant awards

3:45 p.m. Closing Keynote Speaker. A nationally recognized innovator and nurse scientist on understanding domestic violence differences in rural versus urban communities.
Lessons Learned From the RCT Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation (DOVE) Intervention Trial: Urban and Rural Perspectives, Phyllis Sharps, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean, Community Programs and Initiatives, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
April Hazard Vallerand, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Director of the PhD Program, College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor, WSU College of Nursing

About the Keynote Speakers

Opening keynote address
Sandra Millon Underwood, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Dr. Sandra Millon Underwood is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Underwood has directed courses that focus on nursing research, foundations of health, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems. In addition, she served as the founding Director of the UWM House of Peace Community Nursing Center.

Dr. Underwood has engaged in a number of funded research projects focused on cancer education, cancer prevention, early detection and cancer risk management. These projects have targeted at-risk and underserved populations of men, women and children from urban communities, rural communities, and island community beyond the contiguous United States.

Closing keynote address
Phyllis Sharps, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

As an expert in maternal and child health nursing, a researcher, and a mentor to the next generations of Johns Hopkins nurses, Dr. Phyllis Sharps works at the forefront of community and public health nursing and at the interface of mental and physical health. As associate dean for community programs and initiatives, she directs three health and wellness centers operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, provides care in a Baltimore shelter for homeless battered women and their children, and conducts ongoing community-based, participatory research. The overarching focus of her work is on the effects of intimate partner violence on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women, infants, and very young children. With a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sharps is testing the Domestic Violence Enhanced Visitation Program (DOVE), a promising intervention to keep abused women and babies safe from intimate partner violence. She shares new clinical knowledge gained through her research in numerous nursing and public health scholarly publications and as a consultant and speaker for such organizations as the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Sharps also consults on cultural competency in research conducted among African-American women and in African-American communities.

About the WSU College of Nursing Alumna of the Year

Cynthia Taueg, Ph.D. (B.S.N. ’71) is Vice President of Community Based Health Services and President at St. John Community Health Investment Corporation.

Cost, location and parking

There is no registration fee for this conference or for contact hours The conference will be held on Wayne State’s student center (maps.wayne.edu/view/#student-center) located at 5221 Gullen Mall.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Campus parking is available in structures Structures 1 and 2 (maps.wayne.edu/#guest-parking). The guest parking rate is $7.50 (credit card required to enter; same card to exit).


If you would like more information, contact the College of Nursing Office of Health Research at 313-577-4135 or go.wayne.edu/nursing-urban-health-conf.



For more information about this event, please contact Rochelle White at 313-577-2166 or rochellewhite@wayne.edu.