Nursing Urban Health conference to be held April 17, 2019 on WSU campus

Wayne State University College of Nursing will host its third annual urban health conference on April 17, 2019 at the Student Center ball room on Wayne State's main campus. Contemporary Issues in Urban Health: Building Healthier Communities through Nursing Science attendees will learn how nursing science impacts urban communities-especially in diverse and underserved populations.

"Addressing issues of importance to our urban community is our mission and our passion, especially in reducing health disparities and improving health equity," said Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo. She continued, "We are fortunate to have generous sponsorship support from Bayer, Beaumont, Health Partners, Health Providers Choice, and Henry Ford Health System to make this conference possible." Attendees from Michigan, Ohio and Canada include nurse scientists, community members, students and practicing nurses and faculty members from health professions including nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work.

Presented by nationally and internationally respected nurse scientists, keynote addresses, plenary and breakout topics include community-engaged research, Latino health equity, urban perspectives on the opioid epidemic and much more. Up to 5 contact hours will be awarded for attendance.

The opening speaker is Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN who will present, "Syndemic and Community Engaged Research to Addressing Latino Health Equity." She is Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing and the Faculty Lead for the Population Health Research Area of Excellence for the school's Center for Nursing Research. Her research focuses on describing the intersection of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, HIV and mental health among Latinos in the U.S. and the development of culturally-tailored interventions to address these. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda is committed to building and nurturing the next generation of nurses equip to address health disparities.

Continuing the focus on urban health issues, closing speaker Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN who is Associate Professor of Nursing and Term Chair of Palliative Care at the University of Pennsylvania, will present, "An Urban Perspective to Opioid Epidemic: Racial Divide, Pain Care, and Opportunities Amidst a Grim Crisis." Dr. Meghani's research interest is understanding and addressing sources of disparities in symptom management and outcomes among vulnerable populations in palliative care. She is leading a project to elicit patients-family dyad generated ideas to improve cancer pain management and to convert ideas to actionable interventions specific to decrease disparities.

In addition, the College of Nursing will honor its 2019 Alumna of the Year: Dr. Iris A. Taylor, PhD, RN (BSN '74, MSN '78, PhD '96). During her 40-year career at the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Taylor was dedicated to patient care. She played a wide range of nurse roles including practitioner, educator, consultant and administrator. Dr. Taylor was responsible for nursing and patient care services for the DMC healthcare system, an academically integrated network of nine hospitals, two nursing centers and more than 50 primary care practices located throughout southeast Michigan. Dr. Taylor now serves as Board of Visitor member for the WSU College of Nursing.

"Dr. Taylor is an exemplary nurse role model. She is deeply involved in the community and serves on many local boards. We are grateful that she gives of her time, talent and invaluable nursing experience to the college's Board of Visitors," said Dean Clabo. "Dr. Taylor is a three-time Wayne State nursing alumna; we are thrilled to have such an inspiring 2019 alumna of the year nominee."

Opportunities for networking, a continental breakfast, lunch and 5 contact hours are included with registration. Registration as well as the full conference schedule is available at For more information, contact the WSU College of Nursing Office of Health Research at 313-577-4135 or email

View video highlights from the 2018 conference below.

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