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Mr. Julio Dicent-Taillepierre

We welcome Mr. Julio Dicent-Taillepierre to UIC and Chicago as our guest keynote speaker!

Mr. Dicent-Taillepierre is the Team Leader for the Initiatives and Partnerships Team, in the Minority Health and Health Equity Unit of the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. In this capacity, he provides technical leadership for the agency on health equity program development efforts and agency language access initiatives. He also oversees several agency-wide initiatives related to national public health internship programs, and public health emergency communication efforts to at risk populations.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Dicent Taillepierre was a Public Health Analyst at the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention – Division of HIV and AIDS Prevention. In this capacity he was the Branch lead for HIV Prevention Community Planning activities, and the lead for HIV capacity building efforts targeted to Hispanic-serving community-based organizations. He oversaw national HIV awareness campaigns targeted to men who have sex with men, migrant farmworker populations and Hispanic/Latinos.


Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH)

➔Vision: A world where all Black Ladies in Public Health are engaged, valued and empowered! 

➔Mission: To build and promote positive narratives of Black Ladies in Public Health!
We are an international group that  
Promotes scholarship, service, self-care, support and a safe space for Black Ladies in Public Health 
Provides multiplatform social solutions that connect and engage Black Ladies in Public health and our Allies
Create opportunities to connect the profession to the public through intentional integration and innovation 
Tell the story of who we are, what we do, why we do it, and what we need



2018 Sponsors


Morning Sessions 10:30am - 11:30am

Narratives in Health Promotion Room 218

- You Better Werk: Incorporating Drag Performance in HIV Prevention
- Implementation of Salud Y Orgullo Mexicano: Engaging and Retaining Mexican Men who have sex with Men in HIV Medical Care
- Increasing HCV Treatment Through Reducing Stigma, in an LGBTQ Health Setting

Narratives in Community Resources and Activism Room 206

-Bike Equity in Chicago: An observational assessment tool for neighborhood bikeability
-Using the Voices of South Shore to Connect Chicago’s South Shore Patients to Community Resources
-Reclaiming the Narrative through Meaningful Community Engagement

Narratives in Family Contexts Room 219

-Impact of Acculturation on Cesarean Section Odds Among non-U.S. Born Latinx Women
-FamilyStructureandParent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Reported
Disorder Severity
-The Triple Threat: Depression In Low-Income Women of Color 

Narratives in Socioeconomic Position Room 213

-Social Support as a Mediator of Socioeconomic Status and Health
-The Limits of Cognitive Flexibility as a Coping Mechanism for Racial Discrimination
-Participatory Focus Group Data Analysis in the Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project: Developing Community Stories on Precarious Work Impact Community Health to Disseminate Findings

Afternoon Sessions 1:30pm-2:30pm

Narratives in Sexual and Gender Minorities Room 213

-Centering the Narrative of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Survivors of Sexual Violence
-Barriers and Facilitators to Shared Decision-Making about Intimate Partner Violence between Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People of Color and their Healthcare Providers
-LGBTQ&A - The Aging Project: Defining Access, Needs
and Barriers among Aging LGBTQ in Cook County

Narrative in Health Equity Room 218

-Community Health Equity Research Chicago - Roundtable
Gut Microbiome and Community Stress
Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Mother and Child
Southeast Asian Mental Health

Narratives in Chronic Disease Room 206

-Disparate Benefits of an Urban "Rails to Trails" Project
-Genetic Variants Associated with Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease
-Identifying barriers to physical activity among sedentary African American women with asthma


Posters 2:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Talking About Sleep: An Exploration of Narrative Descriptions of Sleep and Health in a Sample of Inner-City Women
  • ¡La abuela está loca!: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disparities in the Latino community through Familial Perspectives, Risk Factors and Policies
  • Criminalization of People of Color as a Barrier to Diversifying the Health Workforce
  • Optimism and resource loss in a female minority population: Are they associations with depression and physical pain
  • When Neighborhoods Hurt- The Effects of Neighborhood Violence and Crime on Resident Resilience and Well-Being
  • Voices of Health Equity in Chicago: A Qualitative Archive
  • Going beyond Race: Examining the relationship between socioeconomic status and minority women's willingness to participate in health research
  • CHER Chicago | The Creation of a New Center through Science, with Community


Monica Raye Simpson

We are happy to announce we are partnered with the University of North Carolina's 39th Annual Minority Health Conference.

On Friday, February 23rd 2018, we will be webcasting the keynote speech from our sister conference at UNC! 

Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. A native of rural North Carolina, Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations,reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance and is deeply invested in southern movement building and the fight for Black liberation. She is also committed to birth justice as a certified Doula. Monica couples her activism with her  artistry and released her first live album entitled Revolutionary Love where she blends her gospel roots and her passion for social justice with deep soul to create the sound known as Revolutionary Soul. Because of her “artivism” Monica was named as a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine and chosen as one of Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 leaders.

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