Mississippi Health Disparities Conference 2021

Join us for the inaugural Mississippi Health Disparities Conference 2021, sponsored by the Mississippi INBRE network, to be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.

MHD2021 will offer workshops, research posters, evidence-based educational sessions, and an exhibitor pavilion, as well as opportunities for working group meetings.

Our Goal:

To increase understanding and awareness that
Chronic Diseases affecting Mississippians
with Healthy Lifestyle Modification!

As we have all witnessed across Mississippi, the unexpected devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical need to accelerate the implementation of healthy lifestyle choices for all.

Many of the chronic diseases that increase risk of severe COVID-19 infection, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and obesity are not only preventable but also reversible with intensive lifestyle modification.

Benefits of Attendance:

There will be abundant opportunities for networking with like-minded researchers, professionals, and industry leaders. The conference will bring together health executives, health professionals, researchers, community leaders, students, and government officials, for innovative and strategic discussions, solutions, and partnerships to discuss the key issues listed below:

  • Holistic and multi-level approaches to diabetes, obesity, HIV, and other cardiometabolic disease prevention
  • Social Determinants of Health as a means of reducing and eliminating health disparities
  • Use of technology to address access concerns in rural and underserved communities
  • Future solutions and innovations to address health disparities in Mississippi

This conference is open to all individuals or organizations that are committed to addressing health disparities in Mississippi. Registration is free for all attendees. Proposals for special sessions are welcome.

WHEN: Wednesday August 4,  2021

WHERE: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531

For additional information or session proposal submission, please email healthdisparities@msinbre.org.

Professor, Dean Emeritus

Director, Center on Better Health

and Life for Underserved Populations

Florida State University

State Health Officer

Mississippi State Department of Health

Director, Office of Preventative Health and Health Equity

Mississippi State Department of Health

Session Title: “The Rural Way: Factors Affecting Health Outcomes of People in Rural Geographic Areas"

Chair: David R. Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH, FGSA
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
State Health Specialist, MSU Extension
Mississippi State University

Session Title: “Mississippi Diabetes Prevention Program (MSDPP): A Statewide Engagement Network Session *Show Me the Money & They Shall Come: Beneficiary Referral and Enrollment *A Coach Centric Network for Lifestyle Change Program Delivery"

Chair: Phillip Trotter, Prevention Worker Chair
Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi

Session Title: “Let’s Start the Discussion: “The Uncomplicated Truth about Sexual Health during a

Chair: Mauda Monger, PhD, MPH
My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer

Session Title: “A New Hope:  Managing Diabetes and Obesity Disparities through Research and

Chair: Stephen Farrow, MD, MBA-AEC, CPE, FACP
Executive Director of The National Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute

Session Title: “A Different Kind of Streaming Service: Harnessing Technology to Address Mental
Health Disparities"

Chair: Daniel Capron, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Psychology University of Southern Mississippi
Director, USM Anxiety and Trauma Research Program

Abstract Submission and Registration Deadline: July 16th, 2021

Mississippi Health Disparities Conference 2021

Thematic Platform Session Proposal

The MHD2021 Conference Organizing Committee evaluates all proposals submitted for the conference. The information that you include in your submission will be used by the reviewers to understand your proposal and what the proposed session will offer attendees, help MHD2021 committees market your session, and help attendees find the sessions most relevant to them. Below is a brief outline of proposal-submission items and an example submission. All submissions must be submitted to healthdisparities@msinbre.org as a Word document by June 30th. Please include “MHD2021 Proposal Submission” in the subject line.

Session Title:

Concise and engaging title encompassing the purpose and main theme of the session.


Name, credentials, affiliation(s), and contact information, as you would like it to appear on program materials.

Session Description:

150 word or less describing the theme and scientific premise for the session.

Session Goals:

At least 1-2 broad statements that describe the purpose of the session.

Learning Objectives:

At least 2-3 measurable statements describing what attendees will be able to do or know by the end of the session.

Session format (lecture/seminar, workshop, panel, etc.) and Speaker list:

Indicate the general format type of the session, as well as a list of speakers with affiliations and e-mail addresses.

Sample Proposal: HERE

Email Submissions to: healthdisparities@msinbre.org


MHD2021 is offering a limited number of travel awards to support conference travel to the coast for our friends from afar. Travel awards will be $500 for each selected recipient. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Mississippi or representatives of a Mississippi-based organization. Priority will be given to individuals who anticipate traveling more than 2 hours, or 120 miles, to attend the MHD2021. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2021. Apply below to be considered.

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The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531) is located approximately 5.5 miles west of downtown Biloxi and the I-110/MS Hwy 90 intersection. Many hotel accommodations are available within a 13-15 minute drive along the Coastal Mississippi Highway 90/Beach Blvd from Downtown Biloxi.

Hotel List:
There are many hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that are close to the MDH2021 meeting facility. Below is a short list of hotels in the area. There are many others available.

Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport

Online reservations


DoubleTree by Hilton Biloxi

Online reservations


Golden Nugget

Online reservations


Hampton Inn by Hilton

Online reservations


Holiday Inn

Online reservations


IP Casino Resort & Spa

Online reservations


Palace Casino Resort

Online reservations


Where is the meeting?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531) is located approximately 5.5 miles west of downtown Biloxi and the I-110/MS Hwy 90 intersection. Many hotel accommodations are available within a 13-15 minute drive along the Coastal Mississippi Highway 90/Beach Blvd from Downtown Biloxi.

When is the meeting?

The Mississippi Health Disparities Conference 2021 (MHD2021) will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Please see the Session Schedule tab above for the final Conference program event times when posted.

How much are the registration fees?

There is no registration fee for this conference.

How do I register for the meeting?

The registration form can be found at the “Registration” tab above.

Can I register multiple attendees?

Yes, as long as you can provide all of the requested information.  Refresh the page after each submission to register your next attendee.

How do I confirm that I have successfully registered?

Once your registration is submitted you will see a page indicating that you are officially registered.

When is the deadline to submit an abstract?

The deadline for abstract submission is July 16th. Abstracts can be submitted under the registration tab.

When is the deadline for Session Proposals?

The deadline for Session Proposals is June 30th. Session Proposals can be submitted via email to healthdisparities@msinbre.org.


Email healthdisparities@msinbre.org or call 601.266.5611

Dr. Jennifer Lemacks

Mississippi INBRE

Telenutrition Center Director



Dr. June Gipson

My Brother's Keeper

Community Engagement & Training Core Director



Dr. Mohamed Elasri

Mississippi INBRE

Program Director



Caroline Iverson

Research Support Liaison and Coordinator of Student Programs 

601.266.6918, 601.270.2776


Jordan Laster

Administrative Specialist

601-266-5611, 601.596.8964


Mary Ann McRaney

Network Coordinator

601.266.5201, 601.517.1631