- Conference Information
- Keynote Speakers
- Registration & Abstract Submission
- Session Proposal Submission
- Travel Award Request
- Hotel Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Info
- Conference Organizing Committee
- Local Organizing Committee
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.
To increase understanding and awareness that
Chronic Diseases affecting Mississippians
are PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penny Ralston, PhD
Professor, Dean Emeritus
Director, Center on Better Health
and Life for Underserved Populations
Florida State University
Thomas Dobbs, MD, PhD
State Health Officer
Mississippi State Department of Health
Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA
Director, Office of Preventative Health and Health Equity
Mississippi State Department of Health
Abstract Submission 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 email@example.com as a Word document by June 30th. Please include “MHD2021 Proposal Submission” in the subject line.
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.
150 word or less describing the theme and scientific premise for the session.
At least 1-2 broad statements that describe the purpose of the session.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMITED TRAVEL AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE!
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. Apply below to be considered.
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.
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
DoubleTree by Hilton Biloxi
Hampton Inn by Hilton
IP Casino Resort & Spa
Palace Casino Resort
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.
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.
There is no registration fee for this conference.
The registration form can be found at the “Registration” tab above.
Yes, as long as you can provide all of the requested information. Refresh the page after each submission to register your next attendee.
Once your registration is submitted you will see a page indicating that you are officially registered.
The deadline for abstract submission is July 16th. Abstracts can be submitted under the registration tab.
Dr. Jennifer Lemacks
Telenutrition Center Director
Dr. June Gipson
My Brother's Keeper
Community Engagement & Training Core Director
Research Support Liaison and Coordinator of Student Programs