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Heartland RHEC Opens Webinar Registration for “Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data”

posted Jun 23, 2015, 11:47 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:59 AM ]
On July 16, 2015, the Heartland RHEC invites you to join the webinar, Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data. The abstract and speaker biographies of the webinar can be found below.

Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data will explore the health status of the heartland region. Speakers will provide an overview of data, examine the progress that has been made towards Healthy People 2020 objectives, and include recommendations for addressing health disparities within the region. The panel of presenters will highlight recent reports, data, and findings in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

The webinar will include a snapshot of the data released in the Urban League of Kansas City’s 2015 State of Black Kansas City – Picture of Health. This landmark report provides a panoramic view of the prevailing issues that undergird the gaps between blacks and whites, and Hispanics and non-white Hispanics in health, economics, education, social justice and civic engagement in the Greater Kansas City area. Presenters will zoom in on healthcare disparities in Jackson County (Missouri) and Wyandotte and Johnson Counties (Kansas). Recommendations for addressing some of the disparities will be highlighted.

A selection of findings from the 2015 Nebraska Health Disparities report and a Nebraska Socioeconomic and Health Disparities Report Card will be highlighted during the webinar, to compare the status of racial and ethnic minority groups to white Americans. The presentation will include a review of the both positive and negative changes that have occurred between 2-5 year time frames (2001 – 2005 and 2006 – 2010); highlight new infographics for minority and American Indian populations; and demonstrate progress that was made meeting the Health People 2010 objectives in Nebraska.

Presentations will conclude with recommendations for addressing health outcomes and achieving health equity in the heartland region.

Facilitator and Speaker Biographies

Kathleen Brandert, MPH, Director, Great Plains Public Health Leadership institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health
Kathleen (Katie) Brandert is currently working to foster the development of those leaders as Director of the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and as Manager of Workforce Development and Leadership Programs in the Office of Public Health Practice, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). From 2003 – January 2012, Katie worked at CityMatCH, the national organization of urban maternal and child health leaders, serving as Acting Associate Director of Programs beginning in 2010. During her time there, she worked on a national level to build collaborative leaders, create fun, interactive learning environments, and offer innovation ahead of the curve to local MCH professionals.

Katie has presented to local, state and national audiences on topics including storytelling, critical thinking, life course theory, and understanding conflict styles. She is certified in a number of personal assessments and instruments: the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, the Firo-B, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, the Leadership Circle 360 Assessment, and more. Katie also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Health Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in Women’s Medical Imaging at Nebraska Methodist College, and as Instructor in Health Promotion, Social Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health, UNMC.

Gwendolyn Grant, MBA, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Gwendolyn Grant is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri, a graduate of Rockhurst University where she earned an Executive Fellows MBA, and she has served as President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City since 2001. In addition to providing leadership, oversight and direction for advancing all Urban League programs and its mission, Gwen is actively engaged in a variety of civic and community organizations some of which include chairing the Health & Safety Committee – Urban Neighborhood Initiative Board of Directors, President of the Kansas City Public Schools Buildings Corporation Board of Directors, Diversity Committee – Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors – Freedom, Inc. where she serves on the three-member leadership team, Urban Summit Education Committee, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Creating Sustainable Places Coordinating Committee, Regional Equity Task Force, and she is a Ruckette on KCPT’s RUCKUS Show – a weekly political free-for-all that looks at the news of the day in a lively roundtable about the issues that face Kansas City.

The first female leader in the Urban League’s 95-year history, Gwendolyn has devoted her entire career to working in the nonprofit sector, which has afforded her the opportunity to work daily towards making a difference in the lives of people in need. As a strong advocate for social justice and economic opportunity for African Americans and other disadvantaged persons, Gwen is the recipient of numerous honors and awards which include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Community Service Award, the William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equity, and the Hendrick Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award to name a few.

Josie Rodriguez, MS, Administrator, Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity, Missouri Department of Health and Human Services
Josie Rodriguez joined the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity for the Nebraska in September of 2011. In her role as administrator, Ms. Rodriguez is responsible for administering and directing the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity, including program planning, strategic planning, policy development, and establishment of priorities to improve health outcomes for culturally diverse populations of Nebraska. Her duties also include oversight of a budget of over $3.5 million, organization of multifunctional programs that have a statewide impact, promotion of awareness of the office and major health problems that affect racial and ethnic minorities, and development of collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve health equity for all Nebraskans. 

Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. She has worked for the State of Nebraska for over 20 years working in various positions with diverse populations, including the Division of Public Health, Medicaid and Children and Families Services. Prior to joining the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity, Ms. Rodriguez worked in the Consumer Protection Division of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office where she served minority and senior populations of Nebraska to protect them from fraud. Ms. Rodriguez assisted individuals who have been victims of fraud and traveled across the state to provide presentations to consumers and businesses about the prevention of fraud, including identity theft. Ms. Rodriguez worked with the DHHS Office of Minority Health for four years prior to her work at the Attorney General’s Office. She administered the DHHS Third Congressional District Office of Minority Health, including increasing awareness of health issues for racial ethnic minorities, presenting on cultural competency, identifying needs, and expanding community-based health promotion and disease prevention outreach efforts, working with public health stakeholders to help reduce health disparities in Nebraska, providing technical assistance to grantees, and overseeing grant funding.