University of Pittsburgh
June 27, 2012

Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems Tackles Racial Health Disparity Issues in Four Summer Institutes


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—Social workers and health professionals will be among those exploring racial disparities in a variety of health care arenas at four summer institutes at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP). 

Each institute will address racial disparities within a different context and will examine the problems and causes and develop specific actions that can be taken on a local level to help improve the situation. The institutes will take place at the CRSP 20th Floor Conference Center, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. There is no cost, but space is limited. Preregistration is requested at

The dates, topics, and institute speakers are as follows:

June 28
1:30-4:30 p.m.    

Overview to Racial Health Disparities in Allegheny County
Jeannette South-Paul, Andrew W. Mathieson Professor and chair in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Community-based Approaches to Reducing Racial Health Disparities Among Adolescents
Elizabeth Miller, chief of Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of UPMC

June 29
1:30-4:30 p.m.    

Ending Racial Disparities in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Galen Switzer, professor of medicine and psychiatry in the School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

How to Curtail Racial Disparities in Elder Care
Steve Albert, professor in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh 

July 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.  

Programs to Diminish Racial Disparities in Diabetes
Miriam Seidel, Community-Based Education Coordinator, Chatham University

Promising Practices for Decreasing Adult Health Disparities
Rhonda Moore Johnson, medical director of health equity and quality, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield 

July 26
1:30-4:30 p.m.  

Racial Disparities in Cancer and Decreasing Disparities in Prostate Cancer
Raymond B. Wynn, associate director, UPMC Cancer Centers’ Radiation Oncology Network

Interventions for Decreasing Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer
Lyn Robertson, assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine’s Institute to Enhance Palliative Care, University of Pittsburgh

Funding for the institutes was made possible by grants from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the UPMC Health Sciences Foundation.




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