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1st Joint e-Symposium by Rutgers University and Hellenic Mediterranean University: Fighting Health Disparities

May 27, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT

HMU Rutgers E-Symposia

The HELLENIC MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY (HMU) and RUTGERS UNIVERSITY cordially invite you to the first in a series of e-symposia with an emphasis on Health Communication Across the Health Professions. Our first event will focus on research that speaks to “Combating Discrimination in Healthcare and Fighting Health Disparities in Greece and the U.S.A.”

The e-symposia series is part of an array of activities the two institutions are collaborating on in the context of the International Academic Partnership Program-Greece (IAPP-Greece), an academic incubator program sponsored in 2020 by the Greek Ministry of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of International Education, and the Fulbright Foundation, among other organizations.

Faculty from both Greece and the U.S. will present research and dialogue with participants about its implications for the future.

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The event and the HMU-Rutgers partnership will be introduced by: 
Matthew Matsaganis, Ph.D. & Riva Touger-Decker, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
Konstantinos Petridis, Ph.D. & Kleio Koutra, Ph.D. (Hellenic Mediterranean University).


Presentations will be given on the following topics (presenters in alphabetical order):

Nursing Practice Environment and Employee Silence Regarding Patient Safety: The Mediating Role of Experienced Professional Discrimination

  • George Kritsotakis, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University

Psychosocial Needs of People Living in Extreme Poverty and Introducing Brief Interventions: The Case of Crete Region in Greece

  • Maria G. Papadakaki, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University

Understanding the Impact of Engagement with Cancer (Mis)information among Latino Facebook Users

  • Yonaira Rivera, Ph.D., MPH, Rutgers University

Cancer Screening among Garifuna Women

  • Lois Rockson, Ph.D., MPH, Rutgers University


A panel of Rutgers SC&I and SHP faculty named below will initiate a Q&A session, during which all audience members will be able to ask questions of the presenters. All participants will be given an opportunity to have a dialogue on the issues raised by the research projects presented and their implications, and to identify top priorities for future research, teaching, professional practice, and policymaking.

Reaction Panel members, in alphabetical order

  • George Fragiadakis, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University
  • Argyroula Kalaitzaki, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University
  • Ekaterini Miheli, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University
  • Lina Pelekidou, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University
  • Nikoleta Ratsika, Ph.D., Hellenic Mediterranean University
  • Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, Ed.D., RD, Rutgers University
  • Charles Senteio, Ph.D., MBA, MSW, Rutgers University

CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION: A certificate of participation will be provided to all registered participants in the public event who express interest in receiving one. Participants will be able to indicate their interest right after the event when the organizers will follow up with them.


May 27, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT