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Reducing health disparities, increasing access to care goal of March 1 symposium at ECU

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Feb. 21, 2013)   —   Learn how community campus partnerships, new technologies and social media can be used to help reduce health disparities and increase access to care at the ninth annual Jean Mills Health Symposium on March 1.

The symposium, themed “Enhancing Minority Health in the New Millennium,” will include sessions on the use of social media, apps and electronic records to enhance and track health and health care, the impact of the physical environment on health, health care reform after the 2012 election, and examples of partnerships in health between communities and East Carolina University.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the symposium will be held 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, 115 Heart Drive, Greenville.

The keynote speaker will be Janice C. Probst, director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Probst is a professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She has extensive experience in health services research with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable populations.

The luncheon presenter will be Bambang Parmanto, professor of health information management, biomedical informatics and clinical translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is in the areas of telehealth, mobile health, persuasive technologies and data mining.

Registration is $40 for the public, ECU faculty and staff, and $25 for students and includes all program supplies, refreshment breaks and lunch. Continuing education units are available. Register online at or call the ECU Office of Continuing Studies at 252-328-9198.

The event is presented by the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation and the ECU Office of Continuing Studies.

The symposium’s namesake, Jean Elaine Mills, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in 2000.

Amos T. Mills III, Jean’s brother, created the symposium in an effort to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to her former graduate school instructor, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of the Community Health in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Allied and public health providers, community residents and leaders, nurses, dentists, physicians, other health care providers, faith-based organizations, and ECU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at 252-328-6799 (V) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).


Contact: Crystal Baity | 252-744-3764