Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Johns Hopkins Hospital 
1800 Orleans Street
Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower Rm 2119
Baltimore, MD 21287

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Dr. Jenese McFadden 

                                                       Continuing Education Seminar

Room to Grow:

Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference 

"Policy, Practice, and Child Health Equity”

 Date:          Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time:           8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Registration and Light Breakfast

                     8:30 AM to 11:45 AM Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) Chevy Chase Auditorium

                     Noon to 12:30 PM  Lunch Served 

                     12:30 PM to 3:00 PM  Lunch and Learn Sessions

Location:     8:00 AM to 11:45 AM  

  • JHH, Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287                     

                      12:30 AM to 3:00 PM Lunch and Learn Sessions

  • Professional Staff, Administrators & Faculty -- JHH, Phipps Room 140
  • Students and Trainees -- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe, Feinstone Hall, Room E2030, Baltimore, MD  21205 

Live stream of morning conference will be offered (CE credits not available for live stream)

Admission: Registration Required (link is below)

****Registration Closes September 11, 2018  


  • Free of Charge for students, trainees, residents, and community members
  • $175 conference fee for faculty, researchers, clinicians, and staff       

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM  "B’more for Healthy Babies: A Path to Child and Family Health in Baltimore City"                                               

Dr. Shelly Choo currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor for the Baltimore City Health Department. In her role, she leads convenings with city physicians, particularly around behavioral and population health initiatives.  She previously served as the Senior Medical Advisor with B'more for Healthy Babies and the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health where she oversaw the bureau’s provider outreach efforts and safe sleep trainings.

Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss infant mortality and key drivers of infant deaths in Baltimore City; 2. Describe the B’more for Healthy Babies’ initiative and its collaborative framework; 3. Identify steps in decreasing infant mortality and health disparities

9:30 AM to 10:30AM  “Leading Change” 

Dr. Michael Lu is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student, and Faculty Affairs at George Washington (GW) University Milken Institute School of Public Health.  Dr. Lu provides leadership and vision for the school’s educational mission, and coordinates services and supports to help all students and faculty succeed.Prior to joining GW, Dr. Lu was the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2012 to 2017. He led a federal bureau with an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion, and serves more than 57 million women, children, and families nationwide.

Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss principles of continuous quality improvement, collaborative innovation, collective impact, and result-based accountability; 2. Discuss the development and application of the life course theory to addressing health disparities and advancing social justice; 3. Discuss the 8-step process for leading change

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM  The Danger of Futility: Creating a Sea Change for Health Equity in America


Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to advance health equity among under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities. An attorney, scholar and health policy expert, Dawes brings a forward-thinking, inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to the law and public policy, and has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the United States.

Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss health equity and health reform through an exploration of its historical context and prioritization via federal laws and public policies with special focus on the Affordable Care Act; 2. Compare how the ACA and pending health reform repeal efforts in Congress could affect the public health goal of becoming the healthiest nation in a generation (2030); 3. Compare how key elements of the ACA and pending health reform repeal efforts in Congress affect inclusion and health equity; 4. List strategies to promote equity and address the social and behavioral determinants of health; 5. Discuss next steps for the health equity movement to ensure continued elevation of this issue as actions to repeal and replace the ACA continues

 Noon to 12:30PM: Lunch

 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM:   Interactive Lecture and Workshop for Students, Residents, and Trainees

Telling a Story:  The Art of Scientific Writing


Dr. Rafael Luna, serves three leadership roles at Boston College: 1.) Associate Dean in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, 2.) Director of the Pre-Health Program, and 3.) Director of the Gateway Scholars Program for STEM.  In addition to doing biomedical research and serving as a leader in higher education, Dr. Luna is the author of the book, The Art of Scientific Storytelling, which provides a narrative roadmap for scientists publishing in peer-review journals. He is a dynamic speaker and has taught his Scientific Storytelling method throughout the United States and Europe, e.g. Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT-Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer, Wyss Institute at Harvard, Harvard University, Children’s Hospital-Boston, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston University Medical School, Dana- Farber Cancer Institute, University of Bergen (Norway), Saarland University (Germany), University of Graz (Austria), University College of London (England) and many more.

Learning Objectives: 1. Summarize basic narrative elements in abstracts and titles of peer-reviewed manuscripts; 2. Design hypotheses with narrative elements, i.e. protagonist, antagonist, conflict, scene, resolution and stakes; 3. Write and revise research abstracts through narrative outlines for scientific manuscripts; 4. Utilize narratives to effectively and efficiently present data in an elevator-style pitch; 5.  Practice delivering elevator pitches to fellow participants and receive constructive feedback

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:   Faculty, Clinical Staff, and Administration Lunch and Learn:  “Empowering People to Break the Prejudice Habit: Creating Inclusion and Reducing Bias

Dr. William T. L. Cox, is an Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Co-investigator on a Prejudice Habit-Breaking Intervention Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2012) 46,1267-1278.  Dr. Cox’s work all serves the ultimate goal of understanding and reducing the injustice, human suffering, and disparities that arise from stereotyping and prejudice. The key theme throughout his work is understanding the basic cognitive mechanisms of stereotyping and how they interface with individual differences and sociocultural factors to promote or reduce intergroup biases. His work serves as a bridge between basic, fundamental science and translational, applied intervention work: a better understanding of basic neurobiological learning mechanisms at play in stereotyping translates to enhance evidence-based methods to reduce bias in his intervention work.

Learning Objectives:  1. Describe the origins and manifestations of unintentional bias; 2. Identify the necessary steps to combat bias; 3. Use concrete cognitive strategies to reduce bias

Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 5 CE Credits will be granted to licensed psychologists. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. There is no fee for students, residents, trainees, and community members; $175 conference registration fee charged for faculty, researchers, staff, and clinicians attendance.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHMI) CMEs (Approval pending for AM session ONLY; additional $35 charge and JHMI CME registration required)

  No conflicts have been identified.

If an accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities is needed please indicate your needs on the registration form by 09/11/2018.  American Sign Language Interpreters will be available for the morning sessions and Lunch and Learn Session for Students, Residents, and Trainees.

Conference Sponsor

 Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute

In Partnership with

Johns Hopkins University Office of the Provost, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities,   Center of Excellence Maternal and Child Health in Education, Science and Practice Program in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, and Kennedy Krieger Institute, Human Resources Department