On October 18, 2013, the Latino Research and Policy Center, Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), hosted a one day conference that focused on Latino health disparities and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
As a foundation for the day's topics, a statistical presentation on Latino Health Disparities was provided by Alyson Shupe, Ph.D. and Mauricio Palacio, M.S. of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H. (Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the CSPH), facilitated reactions and questions around their presentation.
Following the statistical presentation Maite Arce, CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation, mediated the panel session titled: "The Impact of the ACA on Public Health Efforts to Address Latino Health Disparities," which included presenters Steve del Castillo, Ph.D., Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D., Dean David Goff, M.D., Ph.D., and Paula Espinoza, Ph.D. In addition, there was an open forum for the audience to ask questions regarding health reform and to clarify some of the information that had been presented throughout the day. To view videos of the panel session click below:
In the afternoon, a presentation and Q&A session was led by Brenda LaCombe of Connect for Health Colorado. Followed by a joint presentation by students Jenny Nguyen and Gloria Manuel on HPV in the Latino community continued with a question and answer session regarding the topic by Amanda Dempsey, M.D., Ph.D., from the Colorado School of Medicine. To wrap up the conference, Executive Director, Evelinn Borrayo, Ph.D., gave a brief update of LRPC activities and projects with which the LRPC team are currently engaged and plans for recent and upcoming grant submissions.
A highlight of the event was the establishment of the Outstanding Mentorship Award. In her presentation to Dr. Tim Byers, Dr. Borrayo said, "Today, we establish the Tim Byers award and look to those who will receive it in the future to demonstrate the kind of excellence and passion in mentoring those around them as you have. At this time, on behalf of the LRPC, I would like to present you with the first 'LRPC Outstanding Mentorship' award that will become the 'Tim Byers Mentorship Award'." To this, Dr. Byers graciously received the award and the audience gave a spontaneous standing ovation.
Dr. Evelinn Borrayo, who was mentored by Dr. Byers, stated, "Tim Byers is inspirational in every sense of the word. Ever since I met Tim Byers twelve years ago, I felt that I found a mentor who was undeniably committed to making a difference in the professional development of junior investigators like me. Tim is an enourmously talented individual who has selflessly invested his time, skills, and experience on me and others whom he mentors. His approach to mentoring is to be real! His most recent comment to me was (and I quote), 'one thing is to do research because you can get it funded and another is to do it because it is meaningful.' How can anyone not aspire to be better when mentored by Tim Byers?"
Dr. Paula Espinoza also added: "Tim is passionate about public health and committed to making a difference for all communities. He is refreshing in his frankness and an engaging teacher. He challenges and motivates me to set the bar higher than I might have done on my own. I always find myself taking mental notes when I am around him, hoping to be able to emulate some of his outstanding leadership and mentorship qualities. For all that and more, I thank him."
The overall conference provided much timely information on the health care reform and received much support from Provost Rod Nairn, Dean Goff, and many faculty and staff from the University of Colorado.
SCHEDULE - LRPC 2013 Conference.pdf