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Apr 6 2024

Health Disparities Forum 2024

April 6, 2024

8:30 AM - 2:35 PM


University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria


1 Illini Drive, Peoria, IL 61605

Health Disparities Forum 2024

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria Public Health Student Interest Group and Urban Health Program present the 5th Annual Health Disparities Forum! This will be a dynamic convening that will bring together the UICOMP and the greater community through insightful education and thoughtful discussions. The forum will be structured in small-group and lecture-based formats. This is an in-person event, but a Zoom option is offered if you cannot attend. We hope to shine a light on the disparities that affect Peoria locally as well as those that apply to a wider population.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Registration period closed on April 1, 2024.


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Lobby — Breakfast and Check-in
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. | Lecture Hall A100-1 — "Cardiovascular Health in Focus: Understanding the Landscape of Heart Disease in the Greater Peoria Region"
    Keynote Presentation by Sunita Dodani MD, FCPS, MSc, PhD, FAHA
  • 10-10:50 a.m. | Lecture Hall A100-1 — "Starting the Conversation to End Stigma: Substances, Suboxone, Sleeping Situations, and Street Medicine"
    presented by Mary Stapel, MD
  • 10-10:50 a.m. | Lecture Room A100-3 — "Health Impacts and Disparities in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities"
    presented by Trent Ford, PhD
  • 11-11:50 a.m. | Lecture Hall A100-1 — "From Diagnosis to Disparity: Racism's Role in Health Inequities"
    presented by Linda Rae Murray, MD
  • 11-11:50 a.m. | Lecture Room A100-3 — "Unveiling Inequities: Disparities in Disability Care"
    presented by Wendy Burdo-Hartman, MD
  • 12-12:30 p.m. | Lobby — Lunch
  • 12:45-1:35 p.m. | Lecture Hall A100-1 — "Pride in Practice: Delivering Inclusive Medical Care to LGBTQ+ Patients"
    presented by Ron Lombard, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-B
  • 12:45-1:35 p.m. | Lecture Room A100-3 — "Shifting Perspectives: Reducing Stigma in HIV Patient Care"
    presented by Becca Mathis, BS, MCHES
  • 1:45-2:35 p.m. | Lecture Hall A100-1 — "Navigating Pathways: Accessing Gender-Affirming Care in Peoria"
    presented by Ron Lombard, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-B

Zoom links


Bhavana Muppavarapu

Date posted

Jan 21, 2024

Date updated

Apr 4, 2024

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