Maternal & Child Health Equity Conference: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

August 25, 2023

Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex

Wichita, KS

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Call for Abstracts

The Maternal and Child Health Equity Conference brings together researchers and practitioners from across the state of Kansas from a variety of disciplines and geographic locations to work toward proven solutions to improve maternal and child health outcomes in our state by casting a wide net on the social determinants of health (i.e., housing, economic issues, domestic violence, substance use and abuse, mental health, access to care, houselessness, environmental issues, exposure to toxins, and nutrition etc.). Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from expert speakers as well as network with colleagues from around the state. The 2023 “Maternal and Child Health Equity Conference: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Theme is Connect, Create, and Collaborate: Generating Proven Solutions for our State.”

Submission Deadline:
The Submission Deadline is Friday, May 5, 2023

Instructions for Proposal Submission:
Abstract submission is done electronically via the following form.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  If you have any questions or cannot submit your proposal electronically please feel free to call the Conference Registrar at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS  67260-0136, (316) 978-6493,

Theme and Content:
The 2023 Maternal and Child Health Equity Conference addressing the Social Determinants of Heath Connect, Create, and Collaborate: Generating Proven Solutions for our State.

Selection Criteria: (All submissions will be judged on the following criteria)
Overall quality relevance to conference topic, timeliness of topic to researchers and practitioners in the field, well-defined focus on social determinants of health as it relates to the broad topic of Social determinants of health and to maternal and child health. Professional background and speaking experience of the presenter(s).

Conference Objectives:

  • Engage with researchers from a variety of backgrounds to identify proven solutions
  • Connect with practitioners in the field who engage with clients in maternal and child health
  • Collaborate with researchers, practitioners, and funder's who want to move the needle in this area by networking and creating concrete solutions.

Abstract Notification:
All presenters will be notified via email of abstract status in late May. If accepted for a breakout session or poster, you are giving permission for this abstract to be printed in the conference materials.

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Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, MPH
Director, Center for Participatory Research; Professor, College of Population Health, The University of New Mexico
Nina has been developing community based participatory research (CBPR) and empowerment/ Freirian interventions for over thirty years. Among over a hundred and forty publications are:  Community Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Social and Health Equity, 3rd edition, 2018; and Problem-Posing at Work: A Popular Educator’s Guide. She has worked in North American and Latin American contexts: in participatory evaluation of healthy municipalities; in family, youth, and women’s health intervention research; and with tribal partners to support culturally-centered research in New Mexico and the U.S. She is currently co-Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded intergenerational family prevention intervention with children, parents and elders in three Southwest tribes. To improve the science of CBPR and reduce health inequities, she is Principal Investigator of an NINR-funded RO1 to research best partnering practices associated with health outcomes and to develop a partnership evaluation/reflection toolkit. She has collaboratively produced with Latin American colleagues a train-the trainer Empowerment, Participatory Research and Health Promotion curriculum (initially sponsored by Pan American Health Organization), available in Spanish, Portuguese and English; and co-sponsors an annual summer Institute in CBPR for Health: Indigenous and Critical Methodologies at the University of New Mexico.  


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Registration Questions & More Information

For questions regarding your registration or the registration process, please contact the WSU Conference Office.

Phone: 316-978-6493
Fax: 316-978-3064