January 31, 2017Empowering women in health care is the topic of the 18th Annual Rural Health Conference hosted by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and its Institute for Rural Health Research. The conference, titled “Empowering Women in Health: Bridging the Gap Between Clinical and Community,” will be held March 30-31 at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus. The conference will feature keynote speaker Jeanne Marrazzo, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her talk is titled, “Optimizing Infectious Disease Care for Women in Rural Settings: Current Challenges and Opportunities.” Poster and oral presentations may be submitted to the conference, and the deadline has been extended to Feb. 10. Encouraged submission topics include health disparities, sexual/reproductive health, intimate partner violence/social justice, cancer care and research, cardiovascular disease in women, and autoimmune diseases. Click here to learn more about submitting presentations. For more information about the conference, click here.