Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium

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We invite UC under-represented students interested in healthcare careers AND anyone who supports efforts to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce to access resources and networking opportunities during UC's first-ever virtual Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium!

Register to receive to receive updates and be entered into a raffle for MCAT and PCAT test prep giveaways and apparel that promotes diversity in the healthcare workforce! All students who register will receive a free UC Bearcat facial covering.

The free, online event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

"Under-represented" can be defined as first-generation students, students of color, veterans, non-traditional students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, people with disabilities, and those who have been marginalized in healthcare disciplines.

The event will consist of live and pre-recorded “Lightning Talks" with diverse healthcare professionals and other experts who will speak about their career paths and the challenges and opportunities related to diversifying the healthcare workforce. They will also provide advice for undergraduate pre-health students.

Recorded Lightning Talks

The following pre-recorded talks will be released on November 4 at midnight:

  • Dr. Chineze Ebo, Pediatrics Categorical Resident PGY-2, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Austin Thompson, UC graduate and second-year student, UC College of Medicine
  • Lauren Prather, Speech Language Pathologist CCC-SLP, UC Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD student
  • Dr. Ryan Marable, Pharmacist PharmD, President-Elect National Pharmaceutical Association
  • Dr. Joseph Coney, Ophthalmologist, Retina Associates of Cleveland, Inc.
  • Dr. Mia Mallory, Pediatrician, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UC College of Medicine
  • Nuthara Jayasinghe, President of the UC Undergraduate Research Society
  • Dr. Vondolee Delgado-Nixon (VDN), Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Practice, Ohio State College of Optometry
  • Dr. Alex Blood, UC graduate and Osteopathic Physician
  • Dr. Alton Johnson, Podiatrist
  • Veronica Joiner, UC Pre-Professional Advisor, "Writing a Strong Personal Statement"
  • "Unity to Achieve Diversity in Healthcare" with Jennifer Ellis, UC Blue Ash Nursing; Rebecca Lee, UC Nursing; and Deanna Hawkins, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dr. Faith Hayden, Dentist and Owner, Montgomery Family Dentistry
  • Kelli R. Hobart, Occupational Therapist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Ryan Siebert, Peer Career Coach, “Demystifying Networking“
  • Mya Jones, Peer Career Coach, “How Do I Find Jobs On-Campus and Manage My Financial Wellness?”
  • Dr. Francoise Knox Kazimierczuk PhD, Licensed Dietician and Certified Athletic Trainer, Assistant Professor, UC College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Jasmin Martinez, Audiologist

Live Lightning Talks

Watch online on Wednesday, November 4. Schedule is subject to change.

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Dr. Angelica Hardee, Public Health, Vice President, Health Strategies, American Heart Association

10:05-10:35 a.m.

Sydney Meimann, Program Director, UC One Stop, Financial Wellness

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Patrick Cafferty, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Founding Chair and Program Director, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Mount St. Joseph University

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Jami Gibson, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, CNP at Care Bridge Pallative Care

1:00-1:30 p.m.

Bryan Barney, Physical Therapist

2:00-2:20 p.m.

Lauren White, Program Coordinator, UC Center for Community Engagement, "Community Service Connections"

3:15 p.m.

Prashanth Prabhakar, Peer Career Coach, “What Should a Pre-Health Student's Resume Look Like?”

Additional Resources

Watch Now

Watch this lightning talk on "Imposter Syndrome" from UC Health experts Dr. Maria Espinola and Dr. Latrice Montgomery. Shared with permission.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You are invited to register for the event now. Later, you will receive a link to the recorded sessions, and a link with instructions to join the live sessions. The links and instructions will be sent to the email address you used to register.

To see and hear each presenter, you will need a device with video capability and an internet connection. Alternatively, you can use a telephone to call in and listen to the speaker, without the video component.

Some learning sessions will be offered as a live webinar. After hearing from the content expert, you will be able to submit questions to the presenter in the chat box.

Other learning sessions will be pre-recorded and made available on that day for you to watch any time.

No. We are making this learning opportunity available online to anyone who would like to participate. However, giveaway items will be reserved for UC students.

No. While the symposium is designed to provide support for underrepresented pre-health students at UC, the online sessions will be open to anyone who supports efforts to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce.

Why this symposium?

Increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce is important. A wide network of people and programs across the country and across UC exists to help under-represented students enter the healthcare workforce, but students often don't know about them.

We created the Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium to break down silos and help students access resources and network with professionals in the field. Moreover, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're hosting the event virtually and opening it up so that everyone can participate safely.

The Next Lives Here: Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium is funded through a grant made possible by UC's Next Lives Here strategic Urban Health initiative.


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Robin Selzer, PhD

Associate Professor, Pre-Health Internship Program