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PATIENTS Day is an opportunity for residents, patients, researchers and trainees, advocates, and health care providers to learn from one another about the most important needs in the community.

On Friday, May 31, the PATIENTS Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will host its third PATIENTS Day.

What is The PATIENTS Program?

The PATIENTS Program creates an environment in which patients propose questions about their health care concerns and are invited to actively participate in focus groups or town halls to answer these questions. The PATIENTS Program has long-standing partnerships in the community, working closely with Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. The program is an important community partner as well, participating in wellness events in churches and neighborhoods across West Baltimore. In 2018, the PATIENTS Program supported 22 outreach events reaching nearly 900 people. PATIENTS Day is the culminating event of the year, where new and existing community partners are brought together to reflect on collaborative efforts to improve the health of the citizens of West Baltimore.

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The PATIENTS Program hosts PATIENTS Day as a way to give back to the community through shared learnings about patient-centered research and individual and community health. The event will feature three panels showcasing some of the research conducted by the PATIENTS Program with community partners, discussing individual and community health, and will end with some fun community-led line dancing.

PATIENTS Day is an exciting day in West Baltimore, where the PATIENTS Program will listen to your voice and demonstrate how we bridge communities and researchers to deliver solutions important to the community. There also will be a health fair, including resources, wellness advocates, blood pressure readings, and much more. Click here to see the vendors that will be at the health far:

PATIENTS Day is free to the public. Lunch will be provided starting at 12:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

About the Event:

After opening remarks from members of the community and patients, Dr. Natalie D. Eddington, dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Dr. Jay A. Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Jane Schaab, executive director of the UM BioPark, there will be three interactive panels.

Panel 1: PCORI–10 Steps and Learning from ‘PATIENT Professors’

This panel will include stakeholder Aurelia Laird, director of clinical and community research at Bon Secours Health System, and Del Price and Dwyan Monroe, two patient advisors who helped the PATIENTS Program determine how the preferred way to engage patients changes throughout a research project’s lifecycle. This session will review various approaches to engagement and have the audience help us determine what type of engagement works best for various research scenarios.

Panel 2: PATIENT Pioneers, PATIENT Professors

The PATIENTS Program is currently involved in one of the largest orthopedic surgery studies in the country. Come hear how our PATIENTS professors, Jeff Wells and Debra Marvel, have lent their voices  to help researchers like M. Gerard-Paul Slobogean, MD, MPH, associate professor of orthopaedics and assistant director of clinical research for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, design and conduct this study to be more patient-centered. Interested in having your voice be heard? Gail Graham has been a key advisor to the PATIENT Program and will soon have an article published in the British Medical Journal. Come hear how all three of our PATIENTS professors have had the opportunity to submit their stories to medical journals.

Panel 3: Healthy Neighborhoods vs. Food Deserts and Food Swamps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23 million people, including more than 6 million children, live in food deserts that are more than a mile from a supermarket. In Baltimore City, what were formerly referred to as “food deserts” are now called Healthy Food Priority Areas, or Priority Areas for short. Research shows that access to fresh and healthy foods is one of several factors that can contribute to better eating habits and positive health outcomes, including decreased risk for obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other diet-related diseases. Come participate in a panel led by DeJuan Patterson, with guests from Land of Kush, Rev. Dr. Franklin Lance, Farmer Dominic Nell, and Yinka Ladeji, as they discuss solutions for addressing priority areas, including healthy businesses, and how to access free fruits and vegetables in the community.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Where: University of Maryland BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore Street.

For more information and to register, please visit this link or call 410-706-3839.

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