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Health and Wellness Area Research Day “Reducing Health Disparities in Health Care”

Hundreds of students, faculty, administrators and others filled the Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth on October 17, 2012 for the First Annual Health and Wellness Area Research Day. The event featured research related topics of interest in the health industry.

A panel of four students presented their work to an audience of peers and mentors. Molly Crowley, MS and Chinar Rao, MS (HCM) presented their Action Research Project entitled Effective Implementation of Delirium Protocol in the Acute Care Setting for a Mid-Size Health System. MSN student Diane Santillo discussed Gertological Nurse Certification on Long Term Setting, and Nutrition graduate Vanessa Perez, MS, spoke on the Attitudes, Perceptions, Beliefs and Knowledge about Nutrition among Hispanic Men.

During intermission, more than 30 poster presentations were on display in the building lobby. Researchers explained their research to fellow students, and attendees took advantage of the opportunity to meet and discuss common interests.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Wendy Johnson Askew PhD, MPH, RD, Director of Public Policy for Nestle Nutrition. Her topic was entitled Reducing Disparities in HealthCare. Dr. Johnson Askew identified nutrition related racial and ethnic disparities. She discussed her recent research and how food and nutrition practitioners can influence the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Practitioners and those in administrative roles can enhance academic and research activities by incorporating cultural broadening experiences.

This first Health and Wellness Area Research Day was an outstanding success. Not only did it highlight the research that is being done at local healthcare facilities, but it provided an opportunity for some of our students to share presentations with other health professionals, and create a bonding in the Health related industry.