Midwestern University Students Organize Conference on Healthcare Inequities

  • Midwestern University speakers and student organizers of the SIHI conference (from left): Sevasti Vergis (CCOM 2022); Ashley Sigel (CCP 2021); Samantha Korsak (CCP 2020); Robin Zavod, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences; Sally Arif, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Renee Wakulski (CCOM 2021); Clara Hofman (CCOM 2021); and Colin Wruck (CCOM 2021).

    Midwestern University speakers and student organizers of the SIHI conference (from left): Sevasti Vergis (CCOM 2022); Ashley Sigel (CCP 2021); Samantha Korsak (CCP 2020); Robin Zavod, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences; Sally Arif, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Renee Wakulski (CCOM 2021); Clara Hofman (CCOM 2021); and Colin Wruck (CCOM 2021). Courtesy of Midwestern Unviersity

 
Jill Blair-Smith
Updated 1/16/2019 7:34 AM

Midwestern University students are investigating ways they can make a positive contribution to our society as part of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Recently, the Midwestern University's Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter joined forces with Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy's Executive Council to plan the 4th annual Student Interventions in Health Inequities Conference (SIHI). The conference examines the factors that lead to health disparities among racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, and other groups with a focus on how to advocate for change.

Students from all health professional programs at Midwestern University, as well as students from other local colleges and universities, were in attendance at the conference. The event focused on healthcare communication as it relates to vulnerable groups within our healthcare system. Attendees learned about existing healthcare disparities among disadvantaged groups in our society, the varying cultural interpretations of health and wellness, and the appropriate language skills to build trust and rapport among diverse populations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Plans are underway for next year's conference with the goal of maintaining the focus on empowering future healthcare professionals to fight health disparities for their patients, while also making it more interdisciplinary by including more healthcare programs in the planning of the event.