About The African American Health Disparities Task Force

Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist
Founding member, Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York
Convener, African-American Health Disparities Task Force

 

Vision:
The African American Health Disparities Task Force will eliminate race/ethnicity-based health disparities among African Americans in the City of Buffalo, NY by addressing the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).

Mission:
The African-American Health Disparities Task Force (SDOH) identifies areas of racial/ethnic health disparities in the City of Buffalo, proposes and helps implement solutions on a community level, and influences public policy to improve the health and health care of the community. Through collaboration with its community partners, the AAHDTF focuses on: Research, Advocacy, Policy, Program Development, Community Engagement, Assessment, Education, Consulting.

Established in 2015, the AAHDTF is committed to the following goals and accomplishments:

Goals:
• Establishment of a working group of community partners that represent the African American Community, Academia, Clinical representatives, healthcare institutions and community-based organizations as the African American Health Disparities Task Force.
• Develop and implement a workplan that will engage the community in a robust and interactive strategy, concentrating on the SDOH to eliminate race-based disparities.
• Establishment of an African American Disparities Office.

AAHDTF Accomplishments
• 2018 Igniting Hope: Building A Just Community with a Culture of Health and Equity
• 2016 Testimony on AA Health Disparities before the Erie County Legislature Health Committee
• 2015 Task Force in Health Care Disparities in the African American Community

Partners:
Concerned Clergy of WNY – coalition of African American pastors serving congregations in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lackawanna whose focus is improving the quality of life for African Americans in those communities.

Erie County Medical Center

HOPE Buffalo – a project of CAI, a diverse, mission-driven non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care and social services delivered to vulnerable populations worldwide. CAI functions as a strategic convener of a diverse group of key stakeholders, including residents within the city of Buffalo who are engaged and empowered to address health equity and improve the health and wellness of disparity populations in the WNY region.

Millennium Collaborative Care – a Performing Provider System (PPS) in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program dedicated to igniting healthcare change in Western New York, by partnering with physicians, healthcare providers and community-based organizations to improve the delivery of health care for
Over 270,00 Medicaid clients.

NeuWater & Associates, LLC – focuses on improving population health in urban centers by improving SDOH outcomes.

Population Health Collaborative of WNY – a collaboration of organizations working to build capacity to improve community health, helping to improve quality of healthcare and spearheading reforms that drive down the costs of healthcare.

University at Buffalo:
• Center for Successful Aging
• Center Medical Humanities
• Center for Urban Studies
• Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
• Department of Urban and Regional Planning
• Graduate School of Education
• Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
• School of Law
• School of Management
• School Nursing
• School of Public Health and Health Professions

Areas of Focus

Tobacco
• Million Hearts® – UB School of Nursing

Nutrition
• Healthy Corner Store Initiative – NeuWater & Associates, LLC
• Healthy Food Community Advocate Program – NeuWater & Associates, LLC
• ECMC Farmers’ Market – ECMC

Clinical
• Clinical Transformation/Integration and Care Coordination – Millennium
• Health in the Neighborhood – Concerned Clergy/Jacobs School of Medicine
• Health Literacy in Houses of Worship – Concerned Clergy of WNY
• Barber/Beauty Shop Blood Pressure Screening and Health Literacy Program – Millennium

*Each partner has several initiatives that fit these areas of focus, in addition to the ones listed.

2019 African American Health Disparities Task Force Members

Stacy L. Beauford, MBA
Lieutenant, Internal Affairs Division
Buffalo Police Department

William Covington

John D. Craik, JD
Executive Director
Population Health Collaborative of Western New York

Kenyani Davis, MD, MPH
Community Health Center of Buffalo
Assistant Medical Director,
Millennium Collaborative Care

Julia Devonish, MD, PhD
Department of Cancer Prevention, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Margarita Dubocovich, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement
University at Buffalo

Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHN-CS, BC
Clinical Professor
University at Buffalo School of Nursing

Randy Hoak
Associate State Director
AARP NY

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD
CEO of NeuWater & Associates, LLC
Patient Activation Measure Director/Consultant and Host, “Millennium Health Matters”,
Millennium Collaborative Care

Alan Lesse, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum;
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology
And Toxicology, and Microbiology and Immunology;
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences;
Chief of Infectious Disease, VA Western New York Healthcare System

LaToyia Malcolm, MS
Outreach Team
Behavioral Health Disease Management Department
BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY

Stan Martin, MM
Director
HOPE Buffalo

Michele Mercer, RN, MSHSA
Chief Clinical Integration Officer
Millennium Collaborative Care

Timothy Murphy, MD
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
University at Buffalo

Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv
Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist
Founding member, Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York
Convener, African-American Health Disparities Task
Force
Member, Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Taskforce

Magdalena Nichols, MHA
Chief Officer of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Jericho Road Community Health Center

Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo

Heather Orom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions
University at Buffalo

Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, MA, JD, LLM
Professor, Health Law
Director, Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic
University at Buffalo School of Law
Associate Director, UB Center for Successful Aging
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L
Director of Outreach and Engagement
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
University at Buffalo

Linda Pessar-Cowan, MD
Director, The Center for Medical Humanities
Professor, Clinical Psychiatry Emerita
UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences

Reverend Kinzer M. Pointer, MCM
Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church
Chairman, Board Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS
Chairman, Erie County Poverty Commission
Board Chair, Greater Buffalo United Ministries
Board Secretary, Child Care Resource Network
Convener, Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York

Rev. Rachelle Sat’chell Robinson, M.Div
Founder, Deep Wells Ministries
Associate Pastor, First Shiloh Baptist Church

Antonio Regulier
Program Manager
R.E..A.C.H

Kelly Showard, MS
Director of Community Relations
Erie County Medical Center Corporation

Henry Taylor, PhD
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Founding Director, Center for Urban Studies
University at Buffalo

Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Community Translational Research Department of Family Medicine
University at Buffalo

Willie Underwood, MD, MSci, MPH
Department of Urologic Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCI)
Chair, Erie County Medical Society’s Legislative Committee

Randy Yerrick, PhD
Professor of Science Education
Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo

Larry Zielinski, MBA
Executive-in-Residence for Health Care Administration
University at Buffalo School of Management

 

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