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James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture

The James E. Clyburn Health Disparities, now Health Equity, Lecture Series was created to honor Congressman James E. Clyburn for his support and partnership in reducing and eliminating health disparities. This prestigious lecture series is hosted by the Arnold School’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Department of Health Services Policy and Management along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Health Equity and the USC Office of Civil Rights History and Research. 

POSTPONED: 13th Annual James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture | April 6, 2020

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 13th Annual James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture that was to be held on April 6, 2020, is postponed. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a date for the lecture at this time and will provide updates on our websites.

The health and safety of Arnold School of Public Health visitors, students, faculty and staff is a top priority. Therefore, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and maintaining ongoing communication with local health officials.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Exhibit Hall | 1101 Lincoln Street | Columbia, SC
Taking Action to Advance Health Equity: Addressing Poverty and the Social Determinants of Health

Joseph Telfair, Past President, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Research and the Karl E. Peace Distinguished Chair of Public Health at Georgia Southern University


About the Lecture

Congressman James E. Clyburn along with Senator Ernest F. Hollings was instrumental in securing funding to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2003. The Institute created a Lecture to honor Congressman Clyburn. The Lecture was established as a mechanism to allow national and regional health disparities researchers, public health researchers, practice professionals, policy makers and community leaders to share their findings, best practices, and lessons learned with students, faculty, and the community. The goal of the lecture is to facilitate research and community engagement efforts focused on the social determinants of health and research on reducing and eliminating health disparities. Since its inception, the Lecture has been well attended by local government officials, the university’s faculty, staff and students and the community.

Past Lectures


2020 Information to submit Poster Session & Abstracts

Acceptance/Rejection Notification: March 13

Submission form


Poster Sessions & Abstracts

The poster session at the James E. Clyburn Health Equity Lecture showcases health disparities research being conducted by faculty, staff and students at the University of South Carolina. Posters submitted by individuals from other academic institutions and community organizations describing their efforts to eliminate health disparities are also welcomed. This poster session is an opportunity for individuals to share their health disparities research with others who are engaged in similar efforts aimed at achieving health equity for all.

Poster Session & Abstracts Archive 


Leadership Awards

The James E. Clyburn Health Equity Leadership Award recognizes the contributions made by individuals and community organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and protecting the health of the community. Awards are presented to health care policy makers, health disparities researchers, health care professionals, and community leaders committed to eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity. Awards are presented at the Annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, which is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities and its community partners.

Past Leadership Award Winners

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