The College of Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will hold its fourth annual African-American Nursing History Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Sheraton Westport in Maryland Heights, Mo. The event will focus on health disparities involved with diseases such as: cancer (breast, colon and prostate), HIV and AIDS, lupus, sickle cell, Crohn’s disease, substance abuse, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and their impact on the African-American community.

This conference is targeted for the community, especially nurses and other professionals in the health care field who are interested in the unique contributions that African-American nurses have made and continue to make in addressing health care disparities, health equity and health promotion through organizational community involvement. Future nurses as well as high school students are also encouraged to attend the conference.

The keynote speaker is Loretta Sweet Jemmott, the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and director of the Center for Health Disparities Research at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

To register by Feb. 10. The conference fee is $40.

More information: or 314-516-6590

Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter

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