Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the conference sponsors and partners?

A: The conference is sponsored by the University of Florida Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program in partnership with the University of Florida Prostate Disease Center and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. Co-sponsors of the conference include the Florida Department of Health – Office of Minority Health, the University of Florida College of Medicine, Florida Blue, ant the University of Florida College of Nursing.

Q: Will I have to pay for the conference?

A: The conference is free for community members and community health workers. The registration fees are $30 for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and $60 for professionals/researchers (i.e. scientific community members). There is no cost for the conference webcast.

Q: Do I have to register in advance?

A: Advance registration is required for all conference attendees, including community members and community health workers. Attendees must register by June 10, 2013 online at or by phone (1-866-290-5770 toll-free).

Q: Where will the conference be located?

A: The conference will take place at the Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy (HPNP) Complex on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. The address for the HPNP Complex is 1225 Center Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Q: When is the conference? What hours will it take place?

A: The conference will occur from 12:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 and from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Q: Can I bring my family members and friends?

A: Yes, we encourage you to bring family and friends! However, everyone must register by June 10, 2013 online at or by phone (352-273-2167; 1-866-290-5770 toll-free).

Q: Do I register as a community member or a scientific community member?

A: Indeed, we are all members of the community and many of us hold professional work positions. However, for the purpose of registration for the conference, professionals/researchers (i.e., scientific community members) are not considered community members. Professionals/researchers include health professionals such as health care providers, health and health care researchers, biomedical researchers, public health practitioners, psychologists and mental health professionals, health educators, social service providers, health service administrators, and individuals interested in receiving CMEs/CEUs for attending the conference.

Q: What if I can only come for part of the conference?

A: As long as you register in advance, you are welcome to attend any portion of the conference.

Q: Will there be food at the conference?

A: The conference registration fee includes meals and refreshments during the conference. Dinner will be provided from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on Friday, June 14. A light, healthy breakfast will be provided from 8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and lunch will be provided from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Additionally, small snacks will be provided on both days. Vegetarian meal options will be available.

Q: Will there be parking and transportation?

A: There will be free designated parking spots at the Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive. There will also be a free shuttle to transport attendees from the parking lot to the HPNP Complex where the conference will take place. The shuttle will also go to and from the Hilton UF Conference Center Gainesville on SW 34th Street.

Q: Are there continuing education opportunities available?

A: A number of the panels and presentations will qualify towards CME and CEU fulfillment. Continuing education will be provided by the Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Q: Will child care be provided?

A: No, child care will not be provided onsite at the conference. However, information about resources for child care during the conference is available upon request.

Q: Who is speaking at the conference?

A: The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros, who was the first woman and first Cuban-American to serve as Florida’s State Surgeon General. The two featured conference speakers will be Dr. Garth Graham, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the DHHS, and Dr. Anne C. Beal, COO of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Q: Why should I attend the conference?

A: This conference is the first-of-its-kind and will bring together community members, community health workers, physicians and other health professionals, and researchers to teach and learn from each other ways to promote the health and overcome chronic diseases. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend panel sessions with health care providers answering anonymous questions about diseases, panel sessions with patients and their caregivers speaking about ways that improve their health, and presentations by national and local medical/health experts and researchers about health problems of concern in minority and low-income communities. By attending the conference, you will be able to help health care providers and health researchers better understand ways to reduce health disparities and increase your own knowledge of how to improve your health and the health of your community.

Q: How can I tell my story at the conference?

A: Community members, patients and their caregivers, community health workers, and community/patient advocates are needed to serve as co-presenters on panels during the conference. For more information about serving as a co-presenter on a panel, please call 352-273-2167 or 1-866-290-5770 (toll-free) or email (

Q: Who should I contact if I need more information or have questions about the conference?

A: You can contact the UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program by phone (352-273-2167; 1-866-290-5770 toll-free) or email ( For more information about the conference, you can visit our website at