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Speakers : SCC/MLA 2022

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD 

Scientist, Researcher, Author, Science Explainer

"Global Vaccinations and 'The Antipoverty Vaccines': Science vs Antiscience"

Monday, Sept. 26, 9am

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical PediatricsHe is also University Professor at Baylor University, Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, Faculty Fellow with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University, and Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Dr. Hotez is an internationally-recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development.  As co-director of the Texas Children’s CVD, he leads a team and product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS/SARS-2 coronavirus, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide, while championing access to vaccines globally and in the United States. 

For more about Dr. Hotez, please see his website.

Bow tie t-shirts: 

LeChauncy Woodard, MD, MPH

Professor, University of Houston College of Medicine 

"Leveraging Multisector Partnerships to Address Health Disparities and Promote Social Justice"  

Sunday, Sept. 25, 10am

LeChauncy Woodard, MD, MPH is a general internist and Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Science at the University of Houston College of Medicine. She also serves as the Founding Director of the Humana Integrated Health Systems Sciences Institute, a partnership between the University of Houston and Humana, Inc. The institute’s goal is to advance the next generation of health professionals through interdisciplinary training with a focus on social needs, risk factors and determinants of health, and expanded use of value-based payment models.   

She is also an adjunct faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, where she served as principal investigator on several federally funded grants, including the Houston VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, an interprofessional training program that integrated trainees from medicine, mental health, nursing, social work, and pharmacy to care for high-complexity Veteran patients. Dr. Woodard’s research focuses on performance measurement and improving quality of care for chronically ill, multimorbid adults through team-based behavioral health interventions to enhance collaborative goal setting. She has been active in the fight against COVID-19, leading efforts to develop contact tracing curricula that has been accessed by approximately 20,000 learners nationally and also as a collaborator on the University of Houston team participating in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) against COVID-19.

Dr. Woodard is a longstanding member of the Society of General Internal Medicine where she served as co-chair of the Health Equity Commission, and of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Woodard was recently awarded the ACP Laureate Award in recognition of her commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and community service. She is also a 2021 recipient of the Texas A&M University Aggie Impact award. Dr. Woodard is committed to advancing the University of Houston’s mission to address health disparities and increase the value of health care for patients both locally and nationally. Dr. Woodard shares two children Jack and Catherine with her late husband Steven Solari.

Lou Weaver (he/him)

Transgender health expert and LGBTQIA+ advocate

"Ally is an action word: How & why librarians should show up for the trans and non-binary communities"

Monday, Sept. 26, 5pm

Lou Weaver is a queer transgender man and a leader in Houston’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. He is excited to have his BA and start his education at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Lou is a sought-after speaker on transgender topics across the state of Texas. With trans healthcare as a key component of his advocacy portfolio, he has helped educate healthcare providers and medical student groups on culturally competent care for the LGBTQ communities. Lou has served as a topic specialist advising multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Chevron, Dow and Shell, on employee engagement issues related to trans workplace policies. He has also provided guidance to local law enforcement offices to update policy and procedures for public safety employees, people in confinement and the larger community. Lou is an engaging and thoughtful facilitator of tough and personal conversations on sexual and gender minorities.

Weaver is currently the co-chair for the Queer Health Committee at Doctors for Change. The organization utilities education and research to help update policies around health care. He is a founding member and the current Clinic Coordinator for the Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Texas. This important Clinic recruits volunteer attorneys to assist trans and non-binary Texans getting their names and gender markers updated. It is truly lifesaving work. 

For more about Weaver, check out his Linkedin Profile.

Follow him on Twitter at: @louweaver

“Be Legally You” t-shirts:

Carrie Price

Health Professions Librarian and Expert Searcher, Towson University

HLIS Luncheon, Sunday, Sept. 25, Noon

Carrie Price is a medical librarian and searcher with interests in evidence synthesis methods, instructional design, public health, and evidence-based medicine. She is currently the Health Professions Librarian for Towson University, a large, public university in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Towson University, she spent eight years as a clinical informationist at the Welch Medical Library of Johns Hopkins University and Medical Institutions.

Conference Location

Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
5011 Westheimer (at Post Oak Blvd)
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 960-8100

Contact Information

For local arrangements questions, contact Adela Justice.

For registration questions, contact Laura Wright.

For billing questions, contact Rachel Helbing.


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