Addressing Health Disparities-Building Resilience and Capacity in Vulnerable Communities

September 23, 2022

This event is free for students, interns, residents, patients, and family members. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available on Zoom during the conference.

This conference is about the importance of forging community, and academic partnerships to respond to the health service needs of our most vulnerable citizens.  This program is intended to help participants to improve their competence in recognizing the resources and supports that exist in our community to serve people with complicated health and mental health conditions and who experience inequities in access to treatment. These barriers may be related to mental illness, thought disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, linguistic barriers, physical disabilities, racial, religious, cultural, or gender-related differences. During the conference, we encourage participants to reflect on the need for interdisciplinary and community collaboration and the relevant systems of care that exist in the everyday lives of the patients and families that we serve.

We are pleased to offer this educational activity for the third consecutive year with the support of UPMC, the community, and the university.

The program course director and committee would like to thank the following supporting organizations:

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation



Target Audience

Who Should Attend:

Mental Health Consumers; Mental Health Providers; Medical Physicians; Advanced Practice Providers; Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Students, Dental professionals, Community Members, Social Workers, Case Managers, Behavioral Health Providers

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe aspects of community engagement models that have promoted health care for vulnerable populations
  2. Describe the concept of asset mapping
  3. Summarize how a systems perspective of care helps to identify strengths jeopardized by the multi-generational impact of serious mental illness and developmental disabilities on the family unit
  4. Identify how virtual platforms have been utilized to build a network of assessment and support opportunities where interdisciplinary care needs are of paramount importance

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.25 APA
  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/23/2022 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
09/23/2022 - 4:30pm EDT
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Keynote Speaker

Mylynda Massart, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Founder and Director of the UPMC Primary Care Precision Medicine Center
Associate Director of Clinical Services, Institute for Precision Medicine
Co-director for the HUB Core- Research Inclusivity and Community Partners Core at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CSTI)
Pittsburgh, PA 


Miya R. Asato, MD 
Vice President of Training and Project Director, Kennedy Krieger LEND Program
Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Medicine
Department of Neurology
Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Kelly Battle Beck, PhD, LPC, CRC
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology 
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling 
Pittsburgh, PA

Peter D. Bulova, MD 
Professor of Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA 

Sloane Davidson, MPPM
Founder and CEO
Hello Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Katharine Joan (Katya) Hill, PhD, CCC-SLP 
Associate Professor 
Department of Communication Science and Disorders 
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA

John G. Lovelace, MA
President, UPMC for You, Inc.
President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage Products
UPMC Insurance Services Division
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael M. McKee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
Christine Michaels, MSHSA
Chief Executive Officer
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA

Nancy Murray, MS
President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh
President, ACHIEVA
Pittsburgh, PA

Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
Associate Program Director, General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA

Luciana M. Randall, M.R.C.
Executive Director
Autism Connection of PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Joyce Rowan
International Patient Relations Center, International Referral Liaison and Certified Health Care Interpreter Spanish CHITM,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Pittsburgh, PA

Abdesalam Soudi, PhD
The Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Co-Creator, Humanities in Health (HinH)
Course Co-Director, Cultural Competency, Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA


Planning Committee Members

Kimberly Mathos, DO, MPH (Course Director)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Comprehensive Recovery Services
Services for Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP Clinic)
UPP Psychiatric Services for People who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing
Pittsburgh, PA 
Miya R. Asato, MD

Vice President of Training and Project Director, 
Kennedy Krieger LEND Program
Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Medicine, Department of Neurology
Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore MD

Valire Carr Copeland, PhD, MPH
Professor, School of Social Work
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Betty Y. Liu, MD 
Associate Professor
Course Director, Disability Medicine Clerkship
Course Director, Area of Concentration Disability Medicine
Co-Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Susan Rudisin, MEd, CRC, LPC 
Supervisor, Comprehensive Recovery Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

Michelle L. Schein, PhD, LPC, CRC
Associate Professor  
Associate Program Director for Education 
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA

Jodie M. Vento, MGC LCGC
Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Licensed Genetic Counselor
Director, Genetic Counseling Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA


Continuing Education and Continuing Medical Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit Information

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 6.25 continuing education credits.

Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 6.25 continuing education hours.

Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor CertificationConference has been approved for 6.25 hours in CE by CRCC

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT:
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded .625 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 6.25 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.

  • Please retain your certificates in a safe place. Replacements cost $30 for those that come from our office (Gen. CEU; NCC).
  • Although the evaluation is not mandatory, we appreciate your participation. There are questions that need to be answered so we are aware of your credit request. Please expect the certificates from our office in four to six weeks post-conference. Those obtained from the registration site can be accessed immediately.

Available Credit

  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.25 APA
  • 6.00 ASWB
  • 6.25 Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.





  • Physicians and Professionals (not affiliated as noted below)                                                                       $40 
  • UPMC, Pitt, WPH, WBH Network, VA, State (PA), Community Mental Health Professionals                  $30    
  • Students/Interns/Residents (No continuing education/no continuing medical education credits)       No fee
  • Patients/Family Members (No continuing education/no continuing medical education credits)          No fee

Tuition includes:

  • All registration and online conference materials
  • Continuing education credits at the professional tuition

New Registration Instructions

The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences (CCEHS) learning portal is used to register, view, track, and manage all your continuing education credits. 

If, at any point these directions result in you seeing a blank page in your account, please look at your cart in the upper right-hand corner. If there is anything in there, please click on the cart to see how to proceed (and look at the directions below). Or delete what is in there and begin again. Please contact Nancy Mundy if you have difficulties after attempting the following directions.

Creating an Account at

1.   Go to in your browser or just click on the link. 
2.  On Login page, click on “Create Account”

3.  Complete questions. Please add in your credentials as your degree (MSW, PhD, MD, etc.), and use the dropdown to identify your profession.
4.  Click on “Save”. Please keep track of your password or store your sign-in information.


Registering for a Program

1.   If you have your account set up (see #1), and you’ve logged in, please go to the link of the program that you’ve been sent, or click on the “Catalog” tab, and put the name of the program in the search bar or use the link in the page above.
You will be on the program page. Review the information and complete the options/choices (if any). Click on “Add to Cart”. If there are no options to choose from, please continue with the registration. You will see the activity in your “Pending Activities” and there is nothing else to complete until after the event.
3.  You’ll see the name of the payment page and the appropriate amount. Click on “Checkout”
4.  Only add in a coupon code if you’ve been notified that there is one. Please refer to the program brochure if you need to. Coupon codes will be listed in the brochure. If there are no coupons, just please click on “Checkout”. Don’t forget to click on “apply” after entering a discount code.
5.  Add your billing information on the next page. Please complete all required (*) fields. Please make sure this address is connected to your credit card. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Review Order”
6.  Enter your payment information and click on “Continue”
7.  Click on “Submit Order”
8.  On the next page, click on View Course Page. If you go into your “Account”, and then “Courses”, you’ll see this listed in your “Pending Activities”.
9. You’ll have to return to your “Pending Activities” once the program has occurred to finish the process and obtain your CE credits/certificate.

Securing your CE/CME Credits

It’s important to note here that you can secure your CE/CME credits on this system for the following: APA, LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT, CME, and Attendance. All other CE credits/certificates (NCC, General CEU, CADC/CCDP, Act 48) will be sent to you via e-mail from a staff member at Education and Consultative Services four to six weeks after the event, once you’ve completed the information requested.

  1. Please log in to, click on “My Account”, then “Courses” and then “Pending Activities”.
  2. Click on the course that’s listed.
  3. The next page will come up with a purple box “Register/Complete Course”. Please click on that.
  4. On the left, see “Course Progress”
  5. Please click on “Complete Course Evaluation” and then “Submit” when completed.
  6. Return to “Course Progress” and click in the circle for “Credit” and “Certificate”
  7. You’ll see a download link on the current page, or you can return to your “Account” and “Courses” and then “Completed Activities” to secure your certificate