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2010 Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series

The 2010 Contemporary Social Issues Seminar Series began in February. Social scientists and researchers at the forefront of their study areas are presenting fact-driven, research-based findings in several areas of health services and communication. Practitioners in the field will bring the findings to life, with examples from real-world local settings.

The seminars are sponsored by the Rockville Institute and the Universities at Shady Grove. Each seminar, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Camille Kendall Academic Center, Building III, Room 3241, 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

Seminar topics that are being covered this spring include the following:

Barriers to Employment for People with Mental Illness
Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Lack of access to treatment or employment support services prevent some people with mental illness from achieving their goal of returning to work. Learn how these barriers can be overcome.

Roline Milfort, PhD, Westat
Shree Paralkar, St. Luke’s House

The Health Disparities Solution – Is It Merely Putting Theory into Practice?
Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Health disparities negatively impact the lives of vulnerable, minority populations because of unequal access and unequal services in the health care delivery system. What are the key issues? How can they be addressed?

Donna Durant Atkinson, PhD, Westat
Brenda Leath, MHSA, PMP, Westat
Marilyn Lynk, PhD, Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare

Innovations in Health Care Delivery
Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Discover what several local innovative health care institutions are doing to improve the quality, efficiency, and equity of services provided to the public. Find out how you can stay up to date on innovations in health care occurring across the nation.

Veronica Nieva, PhD, Westat
Judi Consalvo, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Judith Rogers, PhD, MSN, RNC, Holy Cross Hospital

Health Communication in the New Millennium: Getting Health Information to a Population Through New Media
Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Blogs, apps, social media, online videos, computer games, and text messaging are all part of the new media landscape that have fundamentally changed information flow. How do health communicators use these new vehicles to reach their audiences and get their messages heard?

Simani Price, PhD, Westat
Jennifer Berktold, MA, Westat