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Health Equity and Research Series (HEARS)

UTGSM launched the Health Disparities Awareness month in January of 2022. Since then, we have successfully hosted two educational series bringing together opportunities for resident learners, faculty, and staff to engage in topics related to community engagement, equity, disparities, and population health. Our hope is to enhance regional and national focus on health inequities while increasing the knowledge and awareness of the differences in health outcomes among groups in Eastern Tennessee.

Due to the success of the last two years, our planning team has created the Health Equity Awareness and Research Series (HEARS) to provide even more opportunities for stakeholders to engage with these topics. HEARS sessions will be held virtually on Zoom, between Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.







Monday, October 30, 12pm-1pm


Opening Session and Health Disparities 101

Dr. Kenyon Railey

Video Recording:


Thursday, December 7, 12pm-1pm Social Determinants of Comfort. **This session is a partnership with Ethics Case Rounds. Dr. Annette Mendola

This hybrid session will take place in the Heart Hospital Conference Room and on Zoom

This session was not recorded.


Monday, December 11, 12pm-1pm

Health Care for People With Disabilities

Stephanie Brewer Cook

Video Recording:

Health Care for People with Disabilities

Thursday, January 25th from 12pm-1pm

Refugee Access to Health Care

Monica Harris and Kayla Davis

Video Recording:

Refugee Session Chat Log

Refugee Access to Health Care Slides

Monday, February 5, 12pm-1pm Substance Abuse: Barriers to care and social determinants that affect care Erica Lyon Video Recording:
Thursday, February 15, 12pm - 1pm Disparities in HPV Vaccination and General Vaccine Hesitancy Dr. Jill Maples and Dr. Kimberly Fortner Video Recording:

Thursday, March 7 at 12 pm-1pm

The Power of Us: Understanding the role of family relationships and health disparities.

Dr. Patricia Roberson

Video Recording: 


Pre-Recorded Session

Health Literacy Workshop

Kelsey Grabeel, MSIS, AHIP
There is no CME credit for pre-recorded sessions
Monday, April 1, 12pm-1pm Health Access, contraception, short-interval birth, and maternity deserts. Megan Young and Dr. Nikki Zite Video Recording:

Thursday, April 25, 12pm-1pm

Be the Source for Better Health: Closing the Access Barriers

Liliana Burbano

Video Recording:


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Education Credits

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses may use these credit hours toward certification renewal.  This credit is acceptable by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Nurses Credentialing Association (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


The focus of this accredited education is non-clinical. The topics include attaining new understanding of the impacts of health disparities, barriers to access to healthcare, and the long-term outlook for our community. Therefore, disclosures from speakers and planners are not required.

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