Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
St. David’s CHPR 18th Annual Conference: "Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve People’s Lives"
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thompson Conference Center

Title: Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve People’s Lives

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Thompson Conference Center

Keynote Address: “Structural racism & the people’s health: History & context matters” by Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Call for Poster Presentations: Click here to learn about the submission process. Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 8, 2020

Parking: Self-parking is available at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC) parking lot (corner of Red River and Dean Keeton Street). A dashboard parking permit will be emailed to registered attendees who pay the registration by Monday, February 24, 2020. Print the permit and place it on your car dashboard.

Contact: Call us at (512) 471–9910 or email us at


Early Bird Online Registration: Closed on Feb. 11, 2020
Early Bird – General Registration Cost: $20.00
Early Bird – Student Registration Cost: $10.00

Regular Online Registration: Closed on Feb. 17, 2020
Regular – General Registration Cost: $35.00
Regular – Student Registration Cost: $20.00

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund is February 11, 2020 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 box lunch. Meeting rooms tend to be cold; please bring a sweater or jacket for comfort.


Time Location Program
8:30 – 10:30 am Lobby Check-in Desk – opens at 8:30 am
10:30 – 11:00 am 2.120 Set up Posters
11:00 am – 12:00 pm 2.120 Poster Session
12:00 – 12:35 pm 2.102 Box Lunch
12:35 – 12:45 pm 2.102 Welcome, Opening Remarks
Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
12:45 – 12:55 pm 2.102 Student Poster Awards
Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, St. David’s CHPR
12:55 – 1:00 pm 2.102 Introduce Speaker
Catherine Cubbin, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
1:00 – 2:00 pm 2.102 Keynote Address: “Structural racism & the people’s health: History & context matters
Nancy Krieger, PhD
Professor of Social Epidemiology
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2:00 – 2:15 pm   Break
2:15 – 3:15 pm 2.102 Panel
Moderator – TBA
Speaker 1: Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH​ – "Social Accountability in Medicine and Public Health: Actions Speak Louder than Words"
Speaker 2: Alexandra García, PhD, RN, FAAN and Stephanie Morgan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC"Measuring and Mitigating the Social Determinants of Health in an Underserved Community"
Speaker 3: Shetal Vohra-Gupta, PhD, MSW – "Power and privilege of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Using critical race theory to analyze health policy and impact health outcomes."
Speaker 4: Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN​ – "Health inequities in alternative high schools: social determinants matter… and so does data!"
3:15 – 3:30 pm 2.102 Discussion, Q&A, Wrap Up
3:30 – 3:45 pm 2.102 Turn in your Conference Evaluation


Keynote Speaker: Nancy Krieger, PhD
Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Nancy Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. 

Dr. Krieger’s work addresses three topics: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health, including the ecosocial theory of disease distribution she first proposed in 1994 and its focus on embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities. 

Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Health Equity and Associate Professor, UT Austin Dell Medical School

Jewel Mullen is the associate dean for health equity at the Dell Medical School, as well as an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments. She also serves as a senior consultant for Ascension Seton to help meet health equity goals across its system. 

Dr. Mullen's career has spanned clinical, research, teaching and administrative roles focused on improving the health of all people, especially those who are underserved. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in building effective community-based chronic disease prevention programs and for her commitment to improving individual and population health by strengthening coordination between community, public health and health care systems.

Alexandra García, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, UT Austin School of Nursing and UT Austin Dell Medical School

Alexandra García is a professor in the Family and Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration Division in The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the inaugural director of community engagement and health equity for the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School, with dual appointments in both schools of nursing and medicine.

Dr. García's research focuses on social, cultural and economic influences on health promotion practices, diabetes-related symptoms, self-management strategies, mental health and quality of life. She previously directed the faculty-led study abroad programs to Guadalajara in Mexico and Heredia in Costa Rica and is now collaborating with Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, on education and research projects.

Shetal Vohra-Gupta, PhD, MSW​
Assistant Professor, UT Austin Steve Hicks Schools of Social Work

Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Ph.D., MSW is an Assistant Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Vohra-Gupta is particularly interested in analyzing social and health policies and how they positively and negatively influence the social determinants of health. She is also co-leading a research study examining sexual assault kits in the city of Austin and through this work conducting policy research around the determinants of violence. In addition, she is working collaboratively to analyze social and health policies around neighborhood poverty and its influence on birth outcomes in black and white women.

Karen Johnson, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN​
Associate Professor, UT Austin School of Nursing

Karen Johnson is an associate professor, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumna (2014 cohort), and a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Johnson's researcher focuses on the social determinants of health, health and social disparities experienced by youth from historically marginalized group, health in alternative high schools that serve students at-risk for school dropout, surveillance and secondary analyses of large epidemiological data sets that track health-risk behaviors and risk/protective factors among adolescents, and addressing health-risk behaviors and mental health during sports physicals, particularly for youth from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Conference Co-Sponsor

The 2020 Conference is presented in part by:

Call for Poster Presentation

Abstract Submission Timeline: Friday, November 15, 2019 to Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Click Here to Learn About the Abstract Submission Process

Submissions are accepted by email only. Application materials should be emailed to: