Society of Behavioral Medicine 2022 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

Project: Research project

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PROJECT ABSTRACT The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) will hold its 43rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions April 6-9, 2022, in Baltimore, MD. This application seeks funding in support of meeting programming addressing the following specific aims: (1) Train attendees in the skills necessary to improve individual and population health and reduce systemic health inequities by meaningfully including diverse voices in their research and practice (e.g., inclusion of racial/ethnic and gender minorities, leading cross-disciplinary collaborations, and involving industry and community partners); (2) Showcase innovative models for identifying and promoting health solutions, including via influencing policy and public discourse; and (3) Enhance the diversity of behavioral medicine professionals by providing mentoring, leadership training, professional development, and networking opportunities to trainees, junior and mid-career faculty, clinicians, industry professionals, underrepresented individuals, and others who attend the meeting. SBM is the nation’s leading scientific society dedicated to behavioral medicine, representing approximately 2,400 researchers and clinicians from more than 20 disciplines. SBM’s members include researchers, clinicians, educators, and industry professionals who focus on the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical theory, knowledge, and interventions relevant to the understanding of health and disease. They work to understand, prevent, and treat chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancer. They conduct research and translate findings into real-world settings to improve lives while also reducing healthcare costs. SBM’s annual meetings are the premier forum for disseminating behavioral medicine’s important ideas and breakthroughs. The meeting’s educational sessions, networking events, interactive research spotlights, and poster/exhibit halls facilitate exchange of information and ideas. Attendees apply the knowledge gained to disease prevention and management, and development of innovative research designs, effective interventions and strategies, and evidence-based policies. An estimated 2,000 individuals from the United States and abroad will attend the 2022 SBM Annual Meeting, which will feature more than 1,500 presentations. The meeting theme is “The Urgency of Adaptation.” We are living through three converging public health emergencies: the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and the climate crisis. These present an incredible moment of vulnerability and opportunity for leveraging expertise in behavioral medicine to improve public health. The 2022 Annual Meeting will challenge attendees to see their work—and its potential impact—through the lens of these three emergencies. Sessions will encourage attendees to adapt their work, the way they share it, and the audiences they target to ensure behavioral medicine experts have greater impact and seats at more tables where solutions are being developed. Most of the world’s health challenges have behavioral origins. Behavioral medicine and the evidence it generates are more important than ever.
Effective start/end date4/25/223/31/23


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