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Conference: The Science of Research on Discrimination and Health

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February 2-4, 2011

Racial/ethnic discrimination is often identified as a contributor to racial/ethnic disparities in health but rarely examined in this context. The Applied Research Program and Behavioral Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored a three-day conference to examine the research and research methods for investigating the role of racial/ethnic discrimination in health. Collaborators in sponsoring the conference were the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

The specific purposes of the meeting were to (1) promote the science/research on racial/ethnic discrimination and its contribution to racial/ethnic disparities in health; (2) identify gaps in the research literature and areas for future research and/or NCI/NIH funding initiatives; and (3) increase awareness of the NCI’s interest in funding research in this topic area through the Program Announcement, The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (PA-11-162, PA-11-163, PA-11-164). Meeting presenters discussed the research literature and presented research on numerous pertinent topics.


Day One: February 2, 2011 (View archived videocast)

1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Workshop Orientation for Day 1
Pebbles Fagan, William Klein, and Deborah Winn, National Cancer Institute
1:15-2:00 pm Plenary 1. Overview of Discrimination and Health
Wendy J. Nilsen, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, Moderator/Discussant
Brian Smedley, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute, Presenter
2:00-3:00 pm Workgroup Breakout Sessions
Workgroup 1 – Measurement and Methodology for Research
Workgroup 2 – Research on Institutional Racism
Workgroup 3 – Research on Perceived Discrimination
Workgroup 4 – Research on Discrimination over the Life Course
Workgroup 5 – Research on the Mental and Physical Consequences of Chronic Exposure to Discrimination
3:15-5:45 pm

Reports from Workgroups and Day 1 Wrap-Up

Day Two: February 3, 2011 (View archived videocast)

9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Workshop Orientation for Day 2 and Day 3
Vickie Shavers, National Cancer Institute
9:15-10:00 am Plenary 1. Overview of Discrimination and Health (continued)
Wendy J. Nilsen, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, Moderator/Discussant
Vanessa Northington Gamble, The George Washington University, Presenter
10:00-11:30 am Plenary 2. Methods for Measuring and Conceptualizing Discrimination
Cecilia Rivera Casale, Agency for Health Research and Quality, Moderator/Discussant
Nancy Krieger, Harvard University, Presenter
James J. Blascovich, University of California at Santa Barbara, Presenter
12:15-1:30 pm Plenary 3. Eliminating Discrimination in Health Care in the Era of Health Care Reform
Pebbles Fagan, National Cancer Institute, Moderator
2:30-4:00 pm Plenary 4. Perceived Discrimination
Dionne Jones, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Moderator/Discussant
David R. Williams, Harvard University, Presenter
Lisa A. Cooper, Johns Hopkins University, Presenter
4:15-6:30 pm Poster Session
6:30-6:45 pm

Day 2 Wrap-Up and Poster Session Awards

Day Three: February 4, 2011 (View archived videocast)

8:55-9:00 am Welcome and Workshop Orientation for Day 3
Vickie Shavers, National Cancer Institute
9:00-10:30 am Plenary 5. The Health Consequences of Perceived Discrimination
Josephine Boyington, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Moderator/Discussant
Gilbert C. Gee, University of California– Los Angeles, Presenter
Elizabeth Brondolo, St. John’s University, Presenter
Jules P. Harrell, Howard University, Presenter
10:45-12:00 pm Plenary 6. The Health Consequences of Perceived Discrimination (continued)
Josh Aronson, New York University, Presenter
12:00-1:30 pm Plenary 7. Identification and Measurement of Attitudes and Stereotypes that May Lead to Discrimination
William Klein, National Cancer Institute, Moderator/Discussant
Susan Fiske, Princeton University, Presenter
John Dovideo, Yale University, Presenter
2:30-3:30 pm Meet the Experts–Informal Conversations with Plenary Session Speakers and NCI Staff
3:30-5:00 pm Plenary 8. Institutional Racism
Carmen Moten, National Cancer Institute, Moderator/Discussant
Vernellia R. Randall, University of Dayton, Presenter
Marcella Nunez-Smith, Yale University, Presenter
5:00-5:15 pm Closing Remarks
William Klein, National Cancer Institute
5:15-5:30 pm Conference Wrap-Up/Evaluation