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Summit and Networking Reception Registration
Register by Thursday, October 20 for the early registration discount.

About the Summit

The 2nd Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit is the result of a successful collaborative partnership between the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, made possible through the generous support of the Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus. The goal of this endeavor is to bring various stakeholders together to provide important information and resources to eliminate health disparities.

This year’s Summit will take a holistic approach and focus on how different environments, such as the physical environment (e.g. Flint, Michigan water crisis), healthcare environment (e.g. role of diversity in improving outcomes) and social environment (societal structural issues such as gun violence), are creating or exacerbating health disparities. Where you live matters. Therefore, patients, health care providers, political leaders and community leaders can each make a positive impact to improve their environment, resulting in improved health outcomes in their communities.

Why now? “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now… This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learning Objectives

  • To use the concept of the environment to raise awareness and provide information regarding health disparities and the underlying causes.
  • To explore through current examples of environmental challenges the various factors that contribute to poor health outcomes such as living conditions, healthcare changes and unconscious bias.
  • To facilitate stimulating productive discussions with the aim of creating a national action plan/toolkit to address these issues.

Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Credits offered.


The speakers featured in the Summit includes distinguished scientists, researchers, government officials, public health experts and community leaders from Connecticut and around the country. Presenters will share information regarding efforts to eliminate health disparities and will discuss the current state of African American and Latino Health in America today. The discussion will also include an emphasis on community involvement in the development of promising, effective strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities.

Keynote Speaker



Mustafa Santiago Ali
Senior Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization Division