Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U


Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U

 University of Pittsburgh, March 28, 2018
8:00am to 5:00pm

University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

As part of the Provost’s Year of Healthy U initiative, we are organizing a one-day cross-disciplinary conference around the topic of family and health. In this conference, we will focus on the central role of the family as a fundamental building block of society. Family is often the foundation of determining a healthy (or unhealthy) lifestyle for all family members. Family narrative and dynamics, gender identity, kinship and social organization, race, literacy, household income, and sociolinguistic background represent the early input children receive and shape the construction of identities, roles in society and expectations and values. They affect the earliest experiences which impact our health.

The Year of Healthy U and this conference represent a unique opportunity to convene experts to discuss the diverse roles family plays in health and well-being and to discuss how to make our community safe and healthy for all.

This conference is hosted by the Department of Linguistics in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, School of Education, and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. The meeting builds on past initiatives from previous years such as our 2016 Humanities in Health, 2017 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, and 2017 Advancing Diversity Research Across Disciplines.

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Conference Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Debi Gilboa, MD
Dr. Sonja Lanehart, PhD 

Family and Healthy U Event Flyer

Conference Organizing Committee:
Abdesalam Soudi, PhD, Conference Chair (Linguistics)
Jeannette South-Paul, MD, Conference Co-Chair (Family Medicine)
Shelome Gooden, PhD (Linguistics)
Valerie Kinloch, PhD (Education)
Audrey Murrell, PhD (David Berg Center)
Christy Malone, MBA (David Berg Center)
Judy Chang, MD (Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences)
Scott Kiesling, PhD (Linguistics)

Department of Linguistics
Department of Family Medicine
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Services
School of Education
David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership