Wayne State University

Conference Overview

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

Presented by
The College of Nursing, Wayne State University

This one-day conference will examine how social and environmental factors interact to affect health outcomes in vulnerable, underserved populations from a nursing perspective. Registration for the conference is now closed as capacity as been reached.


Two keynote speakers will present their findings:

  • Opening Keynote: Sandra Millon Underwood, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Millon-Underwood is a renowned expert on cancer and health disparities and urban communities.
  • Closing Keynote: Phyllis Sharps, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean, Community Programs and Initiatives from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Sharps is a nationally recognized innovator on understanding domestic violence differences in rural versus urban communities.

In addition, a panel comprised of local community leaders and nursing faculty will discuss learning from and partnering with communities in urban health. Choose a break-out session for additional learning and engagement opportunities where WSU Nursing faculty will share findings from their own programs of research and give a local perspective on urban health and community.

The College of Nursing will also celebrate its 2017 Alumna of the Year Award recipient, Dr. Cynthia Taueg (B.S.N. '71), Vice President, Community Based Health Services and President, St. John Community Health Investment Corporation.

The full conference schedule is available online.

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 at no cost.

Contact hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Location and parking 

The conference will be held at Wayne State's student center (maps.wayne.edu/view/#student-center) located at 5221 Gullen Mall. Campus parking is available in structures Structures 1 and 2 (maps.wayne.edu/locations/guest-parking). The guest parking rate is $7.50 (credit card required to enter; same card to exit). 

Contact us

For more information, contact the WSU College of Nursing Office of Health Research at (313) 577-4135 or email ohr@wayne.edu.

Platinum Sponsor

St. John Providence

Gold level sponsors

Health Providers Choice

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Henry Ford Health System logo


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