Health care diversity summit Wednesday

Panel discussion on inclusion’s role in health care excellence

WHAT:  The School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Texas Diversity Council are hosting the 2012 Greater San Antonio Healthcare Diversity Summit. Speakers and panelists will represent diverse ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences.

WHEN:  9:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

WHERE: School of Nursing auditorium on the UT Health Science Center campus.

WHO:   9:10-10:10 a.m.: Harry R. Gibbs, M.D., chief diversity officer, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, is the featured speaker and will discusses “How to Speak Multicultural.”

10:20-11:20 a.m.: Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center, will moderate a panel discussion on “Inclusion and Cultural Competence at the Heart of Healthcare Excellence.” Panelists are Janie Canty-Mitchell, Ph.D., RN, chair of the Department of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing; Rodolfo Urby, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., chief executive officer and medical director of the Southwest Texas Network; Pilar Oates, executive director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., and Karine Crow, Ph.D., RN, associate professor in the School of Nursing and a Cherokee.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Theresa Villarreal, RN, M.S.N., ACNS-BC, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, will moderate a panel discussion on “Perceptions of Diversity in Healthcare Education.” The panel will consist of graduate and undergraduate nursing students.

12:15-12:20 p.m.: Closing remarks by Angeles Valenciano, vice president of business development for the Texas Diversity Council.

NOTES: Enter campus at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Please get directions at the guard station to the School of Nursing.

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