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Conference Program

Friday, June 2 from 8:00am-5:00pm
*The conference will be available online and on-site.
8:00-8:30am –  Check in opens (remains open until 12:00 noon)

8:30–9:00am – Opening Remarks     

Opening Talk: 
"Alone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much (Helen Keller)"
Shelina Davis, Louisiana Public Health Institute 

Presidents’ Welcome:
President Les Guice, Louisiana Tech University
President Richard J. Gallot, Jr., Grambling State University 

9:00-10:30am – Discussion Panel 1
Topic: Listening to Community to Develop Effective Approaches to Public Health and Community Wellness 

•    Objective: Identify and share Experiences involving Barriers, Solutions, & Strategies to foster effective public health and community wellness

•    Focus: Cases to learn from, strategies to identify and address issues, approaches to collaborations, resources and services that are available

o    Panel Members:

Kristie Bardell, Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
Jana Blaylock, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana
Lindsey Crawford, Freedom 13 Ministries 
Jennifer Haneline, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
Alice Prophit, Living Well Foundation

o    Panel Moderator: Ella Goodwin

10:30-10:45am – Coffee Break 

10:45am-12:00pm – Discussion Panel 2     
Topic: Focusing on Priority Populations – LSES and Rural populations 

•    Objective: Raise awareness of and present strategies for providing health and wellness resources to specific communities 

•    Focus: Understanding needs and challenges, fostering collaborations, developing sustainable (and adaptive) solutions 

o    Panel Members:

Feamula Bradley, Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living 
Denise Breard, Louisiana Department of Public Health 
Dr. Michael D. Celestin, LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health
Toshia Laing, Louisiana Department of Health
Michelle Ozah, The Louisiana Campaign For Tobacco-Free Living

o    Panel Moderator: Laney Goodwin

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch 

12:30-1:00pm – Conference Keynote Address

"Re-Envisioning The Louisiana Cancer Research Center To Better Support Communities Across Louisiana To Reduce The Burden Of Cancer And Improve The Health Of Louisianans"
Dr. Joe Ramos, Louisiana Cancer Research Institute 

1:30-3:00pm – Discussion Panel 3     
Topic: Focusing on Priority Populations – BIPOC and LGBT populations 

•    Objective: Identify challenges and discuss approaches to addressing challenges 

•    Focus: Understanding needs and identifying resources, facilitating collaborations and providing services 

o    Panel Members:    

Mary Barrios, Town of Farmerville 
Davondra Brown, Louisiana Department of Health 
James Husband,
Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
Erica Ledet, Louisiana Public Health Institute 
Dr. Amanda Norris, Go Care

o    Panel Moderator: Ace Ellis 

3:00-3:15pm – Coffee Break

3:15-4:30pm – Discussion Panel 4    
Topic: Listening to Researchers – New developments in research, technology, 

•    Objective: Reviewing recent/current developments in public health research and examining new or emerging technologies relating to community wellness 

•    Focus: Identifying applications of research and uses of technologies, discussing collaborations to facilitate future research and develop new and/or more usable technologies    

o    Panel Members:     

Norman Haynes, Lincoln Health Foundation
Dr. Paul Kim, Grambling State University 
Dr. Jamie Newman, Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Erica Spears, Louisiana Public Health Institute 
Dr. Donna Williams, LSU Health New Orleans School of Public 

o    Panel Moderator: Kirk St.Amant 

4:30–4:50pm – Closing Remarks  

Closing Talk: 
"Community, Healthcare & Services, and Research: Bringing It All Together"
Dr. Earl Benjamin-Robinson, Louisiana Center for Cancer Research

5:00pm – Conference Closing  

Registration for the preconference workshop and conference has closed.

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