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CAC Virtual Conference: Asthma and Social Determinants of Health

  • Fri, November 17, 2023
  • Zoom


  • Select this option if you are a CAC Member and want to receive Continuing Education credits for attending this event.
  • Select this option if you are not a CAC Member, but want to receive Continuing Education credits for attending this event.
  • Select this option if you would like to attend the event, but do not want to receive Continuing Education credits for it.

Virtual Conference:
Asthma and Social Determinants of Health

A half-day mini-conference offered by the

Chicago Asthma Consortium

3.0 CEU Credits Available!

This program will focus on various social determinants of health including race based inequities and environmental pollution that contribute to asthma challenges. Presenters who have extensive experience in the asthma and allergy fields will discuss their particular areas of research and their clinical findings. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of tools and techniques that can be used to manage asthma, and how social determinants of health can impact asthma care and outcomes.

This event is FREE to attend for all! 3.0 CEU Certificate $10 for CAC Members, $35 for non-members.


12:00-12:15 - Welcome and Speaker Introductions
12:15-1:00 - Dr. Anna Volerman
1:00-1:10 - Q&A Session
1:10-1:50 - Dr. Doriane Miller
1:50-2:10 - 10 minute Q&A Session followed by 10 minute break
2:10-2:55 - Dr. Serap Erdal & Dr. Victoria Persky
2:55-3:05- Q&A Session
3:05-3:15- Close


Dr. Anna Volerman
An Overview of Social Determinants of Health

Anna Volerman is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine and a primary care physician for both children and adults. Her scholarly interests focus on improving systems and reducing structural factors that drive inequities in clinical, community, and educational settings.

Dr. Doriane Miller
Health Disparities in Asthma Care Outcomes:  Upstream vs. Downstream 

Dr. Miller is the inaugural director of the Center for Community Health and Vitality and the director of Health Equity Integration for the Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Chicago. The Center for Community Health and Vitality’s mission is to improve population health outcomes for residents on the South Side of Chicago through community-engaged research, demonstration and service models. A general internist, Dr. Miller cares for patients in the Primary Care Group at the University of Chicago Medicine and is also serves as a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA. 

Dr. Serap Erdal and Dr. Victoria Persky
Health Effects of Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution

Serap Erdal, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. Through her positions in academia, government, and industry, Dr. Erdal has performed exposure and health risk assessments for Fortune 500 companies and governmental entities (e.g., U.S. Department of Defense, and Department of Energy) for over two decades. Her specialty areas are human exposure and health risk assessment, and community-based participatory research. She has an active research program focusing on environmental justice in partnership with local community organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area with funding from CDC, USEPA, NIEHS, and NIST. 

Dr. Victoria Persky is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. During much of her 40 years at UIC she also worked as an internist at the neighborhood Erie Family Health Center, on the west side of Chicago. Her research focuses on asthma and health effects of exposures to persistent organic pollutants, with more than 135 peer reviewed publications and 64 grants. She was a co-founder and is currently a Board member of Mobile Care Chicago which delivers asthma and dental care to underserved communities. She is also Co-Chair of the Data Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the IDPH Illinois Asthma Program. Dr. Persky is past member of the Chicago Asthma Consortium, Illinois Board of Health and the US EPA Science Advisory Board’s Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, as well as numerous other national advisory and NIH grant review committees. 

*3.0 CEU Credits available for the following certifications:

  • Universal credits
  • Licensed Social Workers/Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Respiratory Therapists

CEUs provided via Oakton Community College/ Alliance for Lifelong Learning/ Continuing Education for Health Professionals; Oakton/ALL/CEHP has been approved as a sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

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