ECU College of Allied Health Sciences ECU College of Allied Health Sciences

ECU College of Allied Health Sciences ECU College of Allied Health Sciences

13th Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium

Achieving Healthcare Workforce Diversity: Addressing the Challenges

February 24, 2017
East Carolina Heart Institute

Presented by the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences
in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation


This one-day symposium is open to community residents and leaders, faith-based organizations, allied health and public health providers, nurses, dentists and oral health providers, physicians, other health care providers, ECU faculty/staff/students, and members of the general public.

Individuals in need of accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least one week prior to the event at 252-737-1016,, or by fax at 252-737-1025.


The 2017 Jean Elaine Mills Annual Health Symposium will build synergies between community residents, community organizations and ECU faculty and students, focusing on minority health and community/campus partnerships as a vehicle to reduce health disparities. Participants will be challenged to address the need for health care providers to better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve and effective ways to meet that need.

Through presentations and interactive sessions, the issue of diversifying our student body of future physicians, nurses, dentists, allied health professionals, and others in the health care workforce will be addressed as will the recruitment and retention of a diverse academic and clinical faculty to support this initiative.


In addition to several local, regional, and national experts in healthcare diversity, the Mills Symposium with feature keynote presentations by Kendall Campbell, MD, the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Research Group for Underrepresented Minorities in Academic Medicine at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine, and Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, the Associate Dean for Admissions at the Duke University School of Medicine.


To provide a forum for discussing issues impacting the diversity of healthcare professionals, primarily in eastern North Carolina. Propose effective methods for recruiting and retaining a diverse clinical and academic faculty; improving minority access to professional healthcare programs; and diversifying the healthcare workforce, especially in underserved communities. Build a network of individuals and organizations focused on assisting these efforts.