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
Registration for the 6th OC Women's Health Summit will open in August.


Keynote Address
  • Adey Nyamathi, PhD, MSN, Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California, Irvine

Morning Panel – Social Determinants of Health in Orange County 
  • Income – Cheryl Meronk, MSG, MBA, CalOptima 
  • Homelessness – Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN, Illumination Foundation 
  • Violence – Candace Burton, PhD, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California, Irvine
  • Client Perspective

Afternoon Panel – Policy & Practice 
  • OC Health Improvement Partnership Social Determinants of Health Work Group – Dareen Khatib, MPH, RDN, MCHES, OC Department of Education or Christy Cornwall, MPH, Mission Hospital
  • SDOH Dashboard on – Jane Chai, MPH, OC Health Care Agency 
  • Hoag Center for Healthy Living – Michaell Rose, DrPH, LCSW, Hoag 
  • Council on Aging – Carolina Gutiérrez-Richau, MA, Council on Aging


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.  For more information contact, Sydney Minchin, OCWHP Project Coordinator, at or (714) 619-8419.