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  • When: February 27, 2015 | 8:00-4:00 PM 
  • Where: Renaissance Airport Hotel

The College of Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is proud to present the 8th Annual African-American Nursing History Conference on February 27, 2015, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year‘s conference theme is "Leading the Charge for Making Healthier Communities." The Conference focuses on health disparities involved with diseases such as: Cancer (Breast, Colon, and Prostate), HIV/AIDS, Obesity, Mental Health, as well as promoting behaviors that encompass a holistic approach to community wellness and focusing on identifying evidence-base resources that has affected changes in vulnerable populations in the community. In addition to having sessions on these disparities, there will also be free health care screenings for these illnesses:

  • Weight/Height/BMI
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Prostate
  • Mental Health
  • Glucose
  • Mammograms

Mammograms are by appointment only; Mercy Breast Center Mammography Van will be on site to provide mammograms from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM. Please call (314) 251-6300, press "0" and mention the conference.

This conference is for nurses and other professionals in the field of health care, future nurses, and high school students, especially those in the community who are interested in addressing health care disparities, health care equity and health care promotion while “Leading the Charge for Making Healthier Communities.”


  • Coventry Health Care 
  • Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
  • Sigma Theta International – Nu Chi Chapter
  • Office of Minority Health
  • Dr. Lynn Beckwith – Endowed Professor of Urban Education, UMSL College of Education
  • UMSL College of Nursing
  • UMSL School of Professional & Continuing Studies


  • 8:00–8:30 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast | Lobby
  • 8:00 AM–3:30 PM | Exhibits & Health Screenings
  • 8:35–9:10 AM | Welcome & Intro of Mistress of Ceremony
    • Welcome: Sue Dean-Baar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, UMSL College of Nursing
    • Mistress of Ceremony: Dr. Camesha Hill-Carter
  • 9:15–10:05 AM | Morning Keynote Speaker
    • Dr. Melvin Blanchard | Health Disparities | Ask Not What Our Health Care System Can Do For Us; Ask What We Can Do For Our Health
  • 10:15–11:05 AM | Concurrent Session I
    • Sylvester Brown | Sweet Potato (High School) | Farming in the Hood: The Healthy, Economic Solution (Teen Edition)
    • Lori Jones | Nutrition | Health Disparities: Maintaining Progress in Today's America
    • Connie Fisher | Mental Health | Live Your Life Well – Using Positive Psychology
    • Saint Louis University CCPRO | Prostate Cancer | Addressing Breast & Prostate Cancer Disparities in Our Community Through Strong Partnerships
    • Tanjilla Bolden | Sickle Cell | Living Well With Sickle Cell
  • 11:05–11:50 AM | Exhibit Hall
  • 12:00–1:00 PM | Lunch
  • 1:10–2:00 PM | Concurrent Session II
    • Dr. Damon Clines | Colon Cancer/Hep C | What You Don't Know Can Kill You
    • Tanjilla Bolden | Sickle Cell | Living Well With Sickle Cell
    • Sylvester Brown | Sweet Potato | Farming in the Hood: The Healthy, Economic Solution
    • Dr. Camesha Hill-Carter | Motivational (High School) | The 7 Misconceptions That We Believe are Truths: Teen Edition
    • Lori Jones | Nutrition | Health Disparities: Maintaining Progress in Today's America
  • 2:10–2:25 PM | Guest Speaker
    • Mike McMillan, Urban League | Community Service | Community Service, Giving Back & Helping Others
  • 2:25–3:20 PM | Afternoon Keynote Speaker
    • Dr. Melody Goodman | Health Disparities | Engaging Communities to Address Health Disparities
  • 3:25–3:50 PM | Closing Remarks
  • 3:50–4:00 PM | Wrap Up & Evaluation


Fee: $50 – Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Group rates available:

  • Adult Students (non-high school students): $40 per person for a group of 15 or more
  • High School Students: $30 per student; $25/student for a group of 10 or more.

Groups interested in registering should contact Vanessa Loyd at (314) 516-7513.

Space is limited, so register early. 

You can only register one person through online registration. For a group, please print out the registration form (download link below) or call (314) 516-7454.

  • Click to Register Online
  • By Mail or Fax: Click here to download the printable registration form (mail and fax info on the form).
  • By Phone: Call (314) 516-7454. MasterCard, Visa, or Discover number must be given to assure registration.

Make checks payable to the University of Missouri–St. Louis

Hotel Accommodations

Guest rooms are available at the Renaissance Airport Hotel St. Louis for $79 per night. Call (314) 429-1100 for reservations and mention this conference to receive the discounted rate.