HHS Conference: 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit

Conference: 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit- Building a Healthier Global Society: Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
October 31 – November 2, 2012
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland

The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit is the leading scientific gathering on health disparities. Thousands of participants will attend more than 100 sessions to exchange new knowledge, and learn about progress, successes, challenges, and opportunities in implementing innovative research. Sessions will also feature practice and policy interventions to inform health disparities science, and highlight the power and impact of multi-sector partnerships in tackling the social, behavioral, environmental, economic, and biological factors that cause health disparities.

Millions of people globally experience health disparities, and far too many suffer from preventable diseases and health conditions. This is due in part to inadequate attention to their physical or environmental surroundings, and the circumstances into which they are born, grow, live, work, and age. There is increased multi-sector partnership among domestic and international partners to share best practices and enhance approaches to eliminate health disparities, with growing emphasis on the social determinants of health that affect socially disadvantaged and underserved communities.