Instituted in 2010, the Schools of the Health Sciences sponsors a yearly Health Disparities and Social Justice Poster Competition. This event gives young researchers an opportunity to present their health disparities-based scholarship and community engagement, expanding their scientific professional skill set. Students and trainees from the six schools of the Health Sciences, as well as the Schools of Social Work and Education and the Department of Psychology submit abstracts for review. Once the abstracts are reviewed by faculty members and accepted, the students are invited to present their posters at the competition under one of four training/education categories, Doctoral, Masters, First Professional, and Postdoctoral Fellow. The posters are judged by faculty members on the basis of originality, significance to the author's field, representation of the poster, research methods, visual impact, and presentation skills. Winners are awarded cash prizes.
The term “disparities” applies to differences in health status in any studied population compared to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population.