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									                              21st Annual
                              Loyola University Chicago

                              Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium
                              Clinical Translational Science
                              and Health Disparities

Keynote Speaker
Antonia M. Villarruel, RN, FAAN, PhD
Professor and the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair
University of Michigan                                                      Thursday, March 26
is associate dean for research at the University of Michigan School of      The Hyatt Lodge
Nursing. She has an extensive background in health promotion and            Hamburger University
health disparities research and practice. She incorporates a community-
based participatory approach to her research. Specifically, her research    Conference Room 224
focuses on the development and testing interventions to reduce HIV          2815 Jorie Blvd.
sexual risk among Mexican and Latino youth. Dr. Villarruel has been         Oak Brook, IL 60521
the primary investigator and co-investigator of several National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC)             Map and Directions courtesy
funded studies. She developed an effective program – Cuídate! –             of The Hyatt Lodge:
to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth. This program   
will be disseminated nationally by the CDC as part of its Diffusion         hyatt/hotels/services/maps/index.
of Evidence Based Interventions program. Dr. Villarruel has assumed         jsp?icamp=propMapDirections
leadership roles in many national and local organizations. She is the
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vice-president and founding member of the National Coalition
of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations and past president of the
National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She has served as a member
 of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/CDC             Sponsored by:
HIV/STD Advisory Council and also as a charter member of the                Loyola University Chicago
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory          Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has received
numerous honors and awards including membership in the Institute            Alpha Beta Chapter
of Medicine, induction into the Michigan Nurses Hall of Fame and            Sigma Theta Tau International
a fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. In her new role, as        Nursing Services
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Villarruel will lead       Loyola University Health System
the growth and development of the school’s research mission. She will
provide leadership and oversight for the research and grant process,
seeking scholarly collaborations and partnerships across sectors of the
school, the university and community.

Conference Objectives
• Define health disparities research from a multidisciplinary perspective
• Provide examples of how health disparities research has been used to
  implement changes in patient care, nursing administration and health
  care resource allocation
• Explore opportunities to further develop multidisciplinary
  health disparities research
                                              Program and Application Information

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
International and Nursing Services, Loyola University Health System, are proud to co-sponsor the 21st Annual Ruth
K. Palmer Research Symposium. The theme of our conference is clinical translational research and health disparities.

Target Audience                               Dress Code                                     Please use only standard abbreviations
This symposium is designed for nurses,        Please wear business attire. For your com-     and spell out the words on first use,
nurse practitioners, educators, physicians,   fort, it is recommended to dress in layers.    followed by the abbreviation in parenthe-
administrators, health care profession-                                                      ses. The abstract should be block format-
als and students who want to learn more                                                      ted without paragraph indentations.
about applying knowledge from bench
                                              Continuing Education                           All numbers, except those that start a
to bedside.                                   Loyola University Health System is an          sentence, should be in digits.
                                              approved provider of continuing nursing
                                              education by the Illinois Nurse’s              The following structure with bolded
Conference Fee                                Association, an accredited approver by         subheadings must be used:
First Come, First Registered                  the American Nurses Credentialing
The symposium fee of $75 ($25 for             Center’s Commission on Accreditation.          • Purpose of Study
Loyola faculty and employees, free for        This activity is being offered for 7.0         • Conceptual Model
all full time students) includes the cost     contact hours for nursing. This educa-
of tuition, materials, breakfast, break       tional activity is being presented without     • Significance
refreshments and lunch. Refunds for the       the provision of commercial support and
full amount are only possible two weeks       without bias or conflict of interest from      • Methods (or Planned Methods)
in advance. There will be no refunds after    the planners and presenters.                   • Analysis (or Planned Analysis)
March 12.
                                                                                             • Findings and Conclusions
                                              Poster Abstract Submission                       (or Expected Findings)
Housing                                       We cordially invite you to submit your
There are a number of available               abstract for poster presentation by            • Implications for Practice
hotels in the area:                           Feb. 20. Nurse researchers, educators,
                                              practitioners, administrators and              Deadline
The Hyatt Lodge-Oak Brook                     students are encouraged to submit their
(630) 990-5800                                                                               Abstracts (without identifiers) for poster
                                              completed or ongoing research projects.        presentation must be submitted by
Doubletree-Oak Brook                          Research projects in which data has not        Friday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. to
(630) 472-6000                                yet been collected will also be considered. Please
                                              Poster presentations will be competi-          also include a one-page attachment with
Marriott-Chicago Oak Brook                    tively selected on the basis of scholarship,   abstract title and author information
(630) 573-8555                                scientific rigor and relevance to the theme    including name, academic credentials,
                                              of the Symposium. Abstracts of poster          position, title, organization, city, state,
Renaissance-Oak Brook                         presentations from previous conferences
(630) 573-2800                                                                               e-mail address and phone number.
                                              are welcome. One person may submit
Residence Inn-Oak Brook                       multiple abstracts.
                                                                                             Acceptance and Exhibits
(630) 571-1200
                                              Guideliness for Poster                         Primary presenter will be notified of
Wyndham-Drake Oak Brook Hotel                                                                acceptance by Friday, Feb. 27. It is the
(630) 574-5700                                Submission                                     responsibility of the primary presenter
                                              • Title: Limit to 65 characters,               to contact other co-presenters. Poster
Special Needs                                   centered in uppercase                        presentation will be through out the day
                                                                                             of the Symposium. Posters must fit into
We would like to welcome all registrants      • Limit the abstract to 300 words              6 feet wide by 4 feet high corkboard.
to this symposium. If you have a disability                                                  Presenters should be available during
                                              • Format: (single-spaced in body;
or need an accommodation to participate                                                      designated poster viewing times and will
                                                Times New Roman 12 pt. font;
in this event, advance notification will                                                     be responsible for setting up and taking
                                                Margins 1.5 inches on left and 1 inch
help us to serve you better.                                                                 down posters at the designated times.
                                                on top, bottom and right)
                                                                                             The abstract will be printed in the
                                                                                             symposium program.
                          Program Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.        Registration; Continental Breakfast; Poster Viewing
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.        Welcome
                          Mary Walker, RN, PhD, FAAN
                          Dean and Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
                          Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc
                          President and Chief Executive Officer, Loyola University Health System
                          Vice President for the Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago
                          Paula Hindle, RN, MSN, MBA
                          Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Health Care Services
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Neurons to Neighborhoods: Perspectives on Disparities
                          Antonia Villarruel, RN, PhD, FAAN
                          Professor and the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair in Health Promotion
                          The University of Michigan, School of Nursing
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Mid Morning Break – Poster Viewing
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition:
                          Diet, Activity and Obesity in the African Diaspora
                          Amy Luke, PhD
                          Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology and Family Medicine
                          Loyola University Chicago
11:30 a.m. – noon         Matroniya: The Lived Experiences of Rural Auxiliary Midwives in Mali
                          Nicole Warren PhD, MPH, CNM
                          Assistant Clinical Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
noon – 1:15 pm            Buffet Lunch – Poster Viewing
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     Making Sure: Registered Nurses Watching Over Their Patients
                          Lee A. Schmidt, RN, PhD
                          Assistant Professor and Director in Nursing Program
                          Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.     Dietary Quality and Nutrition Status of Hispanic Adolescents
                          Joanne Kouba, PhD, RD, LDN
                          Assistant Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program
                          Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     Mid Afternoon Break – Poster Viewing
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.     Validity and Reliability of the N-PASS Pain Assessment Tool in Procedural Pain
                          Pat Hummel, MA, APN, NNP, PNP
                          Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Doctoral Student
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.     Computerized Breathing Retraining for COPD: A Journey
                          from Prototype to Practice
                          Eileen Collins, RN, PhD
                          Research Nurse Scientist
                          Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care, Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital
                          Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
                               Registration Form

Step 1. Participation Information
Please complete in BLOCK letters

Name                                                           Student ID Number

Professional Degree(s)

Company Name                                                   Department Name

Work address                                                   Tel.                          Fax

City                           State                 ZIP                     E-mail

Special Needs ________________________________________________________________________________

Step 2. Registration (Required)
Online Registration Available Feb. 12 – March 12 (first come, first registered – limited space)

q $75          Health Care Professionals
q $25          Loyola University Chicago
q Free         Full Time Students (Proof of Student ID required upon registration)

Payment Method:

q Check (Payable to Loyola University Chicago)
q Credit Card via secured website:
  (Accepted cards: Mastercard, Visa, Discover)

Step 3. When complete send to:
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago
Attn: Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium
2160 S. First Ave.
Maguire Bldg., room 2840
Maywood, IL 60153

For further information please e-mail:

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