Conference Agenda

19th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities

"Big Data to Enhancing Health Equity"

June 6 & 7, 2024 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Thursday, June 6, 2024


7:30 am

Registration Check-in

MET Lobby

8:30 am
Conference Welcome

Riyaz Basha, PhD,
Director of Research,
Institute for Health Disparities,
Professor, Pediatrics and Woman's Health, 
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine,
MET 124/125
8:35 amTexas Center for Health Disparities and Institute for Health Disparities Welcome

Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD,
Founding Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities,
Executive Director and Vice President, Institute for Health Disparities,
Regents Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:45 amInstitutional Welcome

Brian Gladue, PhD,
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:55 amHSC Roadmap and Strategy for Health Disparities

Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP,
President, UNTHSC
MET 124/125 Auditorium
9:10 amIntroduction to Keynote Speaker

Harlan P. Jones, PhD,
Director of Diversity Training, Institute for Health Disparities,
Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department for Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC

MET 124/125
9:15 amKeynote Speaker

John Gachago, DHA,
Executive Director for Telehealth Technology and Innovations, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
MET 124/125
10:15 amBreak

Session 1: Ethical AI and Data Bias in AI/ML

10:30 amSession Introduction

Sterling B. Ortega, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC
MET 124/125 Auditorium
10:35 amBig Data and Civil Society: Duty, Trust, and Equity in Challenging Times

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, FACMI, FAXE,
Professor of Medicine and Philosophy,
Director of Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Institute for Bioethics

MET 124/125
11:25 amA Racially Unbiased Algorithm for Breast Cancer Detection

Lakshman S. Tamil, PhD, FNAI, FOPTICA, FEMA
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors,
MedCognetics Inc.
MET 124/125


Lunch & Roundtable Discussions

MET 109, 110, 111

Session 2: Community Engagement in AI/ML

1:50 pmSession Introduction

Malinee Neelamegam, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health,
Department of Population and Community Health, UNTHSC
MET 124/125 Auditorium
1:55 pmRevising Indigenous Genomic Data Futures for Health Equity

Krystal Tsosie, PhD, MPA, MA
Assistant Professor, School of Life Science,
Arizona State University
MET 124/125
2:45 pmBreak

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Jessica Trudeau - The Center for Transforming Lives
Melissa Acosta - JPS
Ottis Goodwin - FWISD

MET 124/125 Auditorium

3:45 pmPoster Presentation Session
EAD 255
5:30 pmWrap-up and AdjournEAD 255

Friday, June 7, 2024

Session 3: AI/ML to Advance Health Equity

7:30 am

Light Breakfast

MET 109, 110, 111

8:30 amSession Introduction

Mark W. Cunningham, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Science,
Department of Physiology and Anatomy, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:35 amThrough the Lens of Innovations: AI-Enhanced Healthcare Solutions for Enhanced Outcomes and Health Equity

Nawar Shara, PhD,
Director of the Center of Biostatistics, Information, and Data Science,
Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, MedStar Health Institute
MET 124/125
9:25 amLarge, Multi-Modal Dataset Development for Validation of Equitable AI Models

Hari M. Trivedi, MD,
Assistant Professor Radiology and Biomedical Informatics,
Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
MET 124/125

10:10 am



10:30 amPanel Discussion

Nawar Shara, PhD - Georgetown University, Medstar Health Institute
Hari M. Trivedi, MD - Emory University, School of Medicine
MET 124/125
11:15 pmAbstract/Poster Awards Announcement, Wrap-up and Conference ClosingMET 124/125