Saint Louis University

Event to feature Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees from SLU and Washington University 

ST. LOUIS - Some of the nation's experts on underrepresented communities will present their latest research regarding aspects of health and health care in diverse communities as part of an interdisciplinary forum at Saint Louis University on April 3. The event is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) New Connections program, a prestigious funding program that has recently recognized several standout public health scholars in St. Louis.

The forum will start with opening remarks from Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of the School of Public Health, at 3 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center Auditorium at the Saint Louis University Medical Center. It will be followed by a panel of RWJF New Connections members and grantees from SLU and Washington University who will present their latest research regarding public health inequities and ways to address health issues in vulnerable populations.

"Hosting this event highlights the School of Public Health's overarching commitment to social justice and health," Trevathan said. "It's no coincidence that so much young talent in St. Louis has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as we continue to attract some of the nation's top scholars in the growing field of public health and social justice."

Panel presentations include:

  • "Men's Health: Health Information Seeking's Impact on Health Care Utilization and Confidence in Managing Health" by RWJF grantee Keith Elder, Ph.D., MPH; Saint Louis University School of Public Health
  • "Cultural and Structural Disregard: Using Photovoice to Explore the Realities of Young Males of Color Who Are At-risk for Dropping Out of High School" by New Connection network member Keon Gilbert, Dr.PH, MPA; Saint Louis University School of Public Health
  • "What's New about 'Preconception' Health?" by RWJF grantee Pamela Xaverius, Ph.D.; Saint Louis University School of Public Health
  • "Relationship between Self-reported Segregation Experience throughout the Life Course and Health Literacy among a Multiethnic Health Center Population" by RWJF grantee Melody Goodman, Ph.D.; Washington University School of Medicine
  • "Race, Socioeconomic Position and Depression: Mental Health Costs of Upward Mobility" by New Connections network member Darrell Hudson, Ph.D., MPH; Washington University Brown School of Social Work
A reception will immediately follow the panelists' presentations.

The RWJF forum represents a timely topic as health care reform in the United States has stimulated a national dialogue about the effectiveness and value of medical services.

"In our country's discussion of health care reform we often focus on access to health care, but community and social determinants of health account for much of the preventable death and disability in the U.S.," Trevathan said. "The majority of factors that impact our personal health such as diet, exercise or smoking don't occur in the doctor's office. In order to significantly improve the health of our citizens we have to reach outside the walls of hospitals and clinics."

The RWJF forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To reserve a space, visit by March 29.  

Accredited since 1991, Saint Louis University School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in Missouri. It is one of 47 fully accredited public health schools in the U.S. and the only accredited Jesuit or Catholic school of public health in the nation.