Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
2019 Aging and Health Informatics Conference
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The University of Texas School of Nursing

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Keynote Speakers: Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI and Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019

Contact: For more information about the conference, contact the Conference Chair, Dr. Bo Xie at

*Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits: CNEs will be available to conference attendees.

*The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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Early Bird Online Registration: Open until November 10, 2019



Regular Online Registration: Open from November 11, 2019 – December 6, 2019
Regular – General Registration Cost: $80.00
Regular – Student/Postdoc Registration Cost: $35.00

Refunds: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund is December 6, 2019 by 5 p.m. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification to the registrar (email

Note: All rates include a breakfast, box lunch. and beverage breaks. Meeting rooms tend to be cold; please bring a sweater or jacket for comfort.

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Background and Aims

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) affect the health and well-being of aging adults in many important ways. Yet, older adults’ adoption and use of new ICTs including eHealth/mHealth tools (e.g., mobile apps, wearable health devices, patient portals, artificial intelligent tools) lag behind those of younger people. Understanding the diverse needs and preferences of older adults is essential for enhancing the usability of eHealth/mHealth tools for older adults and their caregivers. At present, much effort has been devoted to the technological, engineering aspects of health informatics, with relatively little consideration for the social, behavioral, and design aspects of health informatics particularly as related to aging, culture, and community.

The Aging and Health Informatics Conference aims to provide a highly interdisciplinary forum for researchers, educators, clinicians, as well as government agencies, non-profit, and for-profit organizations at the national, state, and local levels to explore and collaborate on the social, behavioral, and design aspects of health informatics as related to aging, culture, and community.

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Potential Topics

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The diverse health information needs and behaviors of older adults, especially those who are traditionally underserved (e.g., ethnic minorities, older adults with disabilities);
  • Older adults’ learning and use of technology for health information and decision-making (e.g., for wellness, preventative care, and self-management of chronic conditions);
  • Design eHealth/mHealth (e.g., patient portals, wearable devices, mobile apps, artificial intelligence tools) to meet the diverse needs and preferences of older adults;
  • eHealth literacy, digital divide, health disparities, and patient education among older adults;
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of older adults’ experiences with eHealth/mHealth technology;
  • Privacy, security, and related ethical issues in older adults’ interaction with technology;
  • Older adults and their family caregivers’ needs and preferences for technology in chronic condition self-management and end-of-life decision making;
  • Older adults’ interaction with health misinformation on various technological platforms (e.g., social media, mobile apps);
  • Intergenerational use of technologies for promoting the health and well-being of both older and younger generations;
  • Cultivating successful partnerships among academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the industry at the national, regional, and local levels to work together to advance the aging experience of all community stakeholders;
  • Developing community-based strategies to fully incorporate older adults’ input in the design and implementation of effective eHealth interventions for older adults and their caregivers.

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Target Audience

The Conference is highly interdisciplinary by nature, and expects to feature speakers from a wide range of fields and disciplines such as Nursing, Information Science, Social Work, Gerontology, Pharmacy, Nutritional Science, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Medicine, Communication, as well as Computer Science and Engineering.

This conference will provide opportunities for researchers, including faculty and graduate students, to engage in professional development by

  1. presenting research at the conference as podium presentations,
  2. showcasing preliminary research as posters, and
  3. networking with other researchers with similar interests.

We also encourage participation from non-academics working with and for older adults, including those from government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, staff and administrators of public libraries, senior centers, senior-living facilities, and other community organizations serving the older population, and the industry designing technology for aging users.

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Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019
Conference Registration fee will be waived for all accepted podium speakers.

Abstract Submission

Podium and poster presentations are invited on any topic within the scope of the conference. Podium presentations are meant for well-developed research projects where the presenters can report study findings, while poster presentations are more suitable for reporting preliminary results of work-in-progress. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Interdisciplinary research teams involving authors from at least two different disciplines or fields are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

We strongly encourage submissions by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.

Abstract Submission Process

  1. Download the Abstract Submission Template (Word Format).
  2. Complete and save the Abstract Submission Template. Please give your file a proper name; for example, lastname_firstname.docx.
  3. Abstract submissions are accepted by online form only. Click Here to Submit

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Conference Awards and Scholarships

Scholarship Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Scholarship Application is not available yet. Please check back again. 

Best Student Poster Awards: Up to TWO (2) awards will be made to students who present the best posters at the conference. Each student winner will receive a $100 cash prize and an award certificate. These awards were made possible by the School of Information and the John P. and Alice M. Commons Excellence Fund.

Best Interdisciplinary Research Awards: Up to TWO (2) awards will be made to teams presenting innovative interdisciplinary research projects on topics of interest to the conference. To be eligible, each research team must include researchers (faculty and/or students) from at least two different academic disciplines. Each winning team will receive a $150 cash prize (total). Additionally, each team member will receive an award certificate. These awards were made possible by the School of Information and the John P. and Alice M. Commons Excellence Fund.

Scholarships: Up to TEN (10) registration scholarships are available for underrepresented minorities in the sciences (e.g., women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities) and UT Austin graduate students. To apply for a scholarship to offset the conference registration fee, complete the online application by November 1, 2019. Notifications of scholarship awards will be made via email by November 8, 2019. The scholarships were made possible by the School of Information and the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

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Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI
Title: Advancing Health Equity Through Health Informatics and Data Science

Dr. Suzanne Bakken is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. She currently directs the Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center, a Center of Excellence focused on Latinos, and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program – both funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has published >250 scientific papers and received research funding from multiple federal agencies including AHRQ, NINR, NCI, and NLM. In 2010, Dr. Bakken received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and in 2018 was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She is a fellow and Past-President of the American College of Medical Informatics, fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, honorary member of IMIA-NI, and member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine). Dr. Bakken is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

Keynote Speaker: Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD
Title: Immigrant Health and Aging in the United States and Other Western Countries

Dr. Kyriakos S. Markides received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1976 from Louisiana State University. He is currently the Annie and John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging and Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Markides is the Editor of the Journal of Aging and Health, which he founded in 1989. He is the author or co-author of over 400 publications most of which are on aging and health issues in the Mexican American population as well as minority aging issues in general. His research has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health since 1980. He is currently Principal Investigator of the Hispanic EPESE (Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly), a longitudinal study of the health of older Mexican Americans from the five Southwestern states. He is also Principal Investigator of the National Institute on Aging-funded Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). Dr. Markides is credited with coining the term ‘Hispanic Epidemiological Paradox’ (with J. Coreil) which is currently the leading theme in Hispanic health. The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has listed Dr. Markides among the most highly cited social scientists in the world. Dr. Markides is the recipient of a number of awards including the 2015 Robert W. Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America for his contributions to research on aging.

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Conference Sponsors

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Our Team

Conference Chair:

  • Bo Xie, Professor, School of Nursing; School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

Conference Co-Chair:

  • Karen Fingerman, Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences; Director, Texas Aging and Longevity Center

Organizing Committee Members:

  • Danna Gurari, Assistant Professor, School of Information
  • Ken Fleischmann, Professor, School of Information
  • Miyong Kim, Professor, School of Nursing, Associate Vice President for Community Health Engagement
  • Jung Kwak, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Mike Mackert, Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations; Department of Population Health; Director, Center for Health Communication
  • Kavita Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Soo Young Rieh, Professor, Associate Dean for Education, School of Information
  • Yan Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Information

Organizing Committee Doctoral Student Subcommittee Members:

  • Nathan Davis, School of Information
  • Atami Sagna, School of Nursing
  • Kristina Shiroma, School of Information
  • Shijie Song, School of Information
  • Weiwen Zeng, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

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Contact Information

For more information about the conference, contact the Conference Chair, Bo Xie谢波, Ph.D., Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and School of Information at

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