The Orange County Women’s Health Project and Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, UC Irvine are proud to present the 6th Orange County Women's Health Summit on Friday October 12, 2018.  The Summit will explore how social determinants impact women’s health in Orange County.  

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and are the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.  SDOH are responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status within and between communities.  According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SDOH account for 80% of health outcomes (vs. clinical care at 20%).  

Examples of Social Determinants of Health from PRAPARE:
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Farmworker Status
  • Veteran Status
  • Housing Status
  • Insurance Status
  • Language Preference 
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Neighborhood
  • Stress
  • Social Integration & Support
  • Material Security (food, utilities, clothing)
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Incarceration
  • Refugee Status


Keynote Address – Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) & Women
  • Adey Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN – Founding Dean & Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing 
Morning Panel – Specific Determinants and Women’s Health in OC
Moderator:  Susan B. Parks – President & CEO, Orange County United Way
  • Poverty:  Cheryl Meronk, MSG, MBA – Director, Strategic Development, CalOptima
  • Homelessness:  Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN – Chief Operating Officer, Illumination Foundation
  • Violence:  Candace Burton, PhD, RN – Assistant Professor, UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
  • Client Perspective:  Robin Miller –  Independent Contractor Freelance Writer, Illumination Foundation

Lunch & Poster Session 

Afternoon Panel – Social Determinants of Health Policy & Practice
Moderator:  Allyson Sonenshine, JD – Founding Director, Orange County Women's Health Project
  • Orange County Health Improvement Partnership – Social Determinants of Health Workgroup & SDOH Dashboard: Dareen Khatib, MPH, RDN, MCHES – Manager, Health Sciences, Orange County Department of Education & Jane Chai, MPH – Public Health Projects Manager, Orange County Health Care Agency
  • Hoag Center for Healthy Living:  Michaell Rose, LCSW – Director of Operations, Hoag Community Health
  • OC Strategic Plan on Aging Social Engagement Initiative:  Carolina Gutiérrez-Richau, MA – Director, Preventative Mental Health Department, Council on Aging - Southern CA 



8:30 a.m. Check-In and Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program Begins
3:00 p.m. Program Concludes

Meals:  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Registration:  Registration costs $50. There are no printed tickets for this event. Simply check in when you arrive.

Parking:  Parking is included in the registration.  Parking will be available at the Anteater Parking Structure (entrance at intersection of Anteater and E. Peltason). If you arrive after 9:30 a.m. please retrieve your parking pass through the kiosk at the entrance to the parking structure.

Dress Code:  Business casual.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):  

CEUs will be provided for LCSWs and nurses. More info TBA. 

CHES CEUs will be provided. This event is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). Activity offered by CSUF, Provider ID #1000123, for 5 contact hours. The event number is #31921. 


The Call for Abstracts closed on Friday, July 13.  Acceptances will be released by Wednesday, August 15. 

Please email Sydney Minchin, OCWHP Project Coordinator, at if you have any questions or technical difficulties. 


Abstracts submitted to the Summit should feature research, pilot programs, or innovative preventive/intervention strategies that address the implications of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for women’s health. 

Examples of Social Determinants of Health include (but are not limited to): 
  • Housing/Homelessness status 
  • Insurance status 
  • Educational attainment 
  • Employment 
  • Exposure to violence 
  • Immigrant/Refugee status 
  • Social integration and support 
  • Neighborhood 
Abstracts specific to indicators for women’s health and gender issues in health care access and treatment will be given priority. Posters should provide visual representation of the research and/or program. We encourage submission of unpublished work, including reports of research, or innovative services, practices, educational initiatives, or policy work related to the conference themes.

POSTER SESSION: The Poster Session will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018 and poster presenters are expected to be available for discussion with Summit attendees. Posters will be displayed all day so presenters must set up materials by 8:30 a.m. Presenters will receive discounted registration ($25) and are encouraged to attend the full-day Summit.

Only 1 presenter is allowed per poster. Due to space constraints, no additional presenters or authors, A/V, or table space will be provided. Easels, boards, and clips will be provided to display your poster. It is the presenter’s responsibility to print and bring your poster to the Summit. Posters should be approximately 36 in. x 48 in. 


Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

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