‘Conference is First Step of Call to Action to Eliminate Health Disparities ….University at Buffalo Partnering with Community to Take on Challenge’

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The African American Health Disparities Task Force has announced “Igniting Hope: Building a Just Community with a Culture of Health and Equity” will take place Sat. April 28 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. , Buffalo. The 8 AM – 4:30 PM Conference is free and open to all community members. It will feature two nationally recognized speakers who have experience in initiating and engaging communities to effect a change in health disparities.

“Two main factors that impact the health of citizens in this region are location and race. African-Americans residing in the inner city of Buffalo have exponentially higher rates of serious and chronic diseases creating a premature mortality rate which is an alarming 300 percent higher than whites in other parts of the region. This region cannot claim to be in a true renaissance with these unacceptable race based disparity rates, ” said  Reverend George F. Nicholas, Pastor at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church-Buffalo, NY and a member of the African American Health Disparities Task Force and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

“Since 2015 a group of concerned citizens have been meeting on how to address the social determinants of health which are the root causes for health disparities in the African-American community which ranges from infant mortality, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics,” Reverend Nicholas continued. “These disparities have created a community which is sicker, more frequent user of services, and tragically with a short life expectancy. The African-American Health Disparities Task Force has forged an alliance with the University at Buffalo to create an multi-discipline approach to attacking the root causes for these disparities with the goal to build a movement that will develop and execute a community action plan to eliminate race based health disparities.

Reverend George F. Nicholas, Pastor at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church-Buffalo, NY,  left, with Al Hammonds, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care.

“In order to live up to our motto of a ‘City of Good Neighbors’,  we must all work together to create a community where race is no longer a defining factor in a person’s health and life expectancy. This can only happen when leaders from the education, health, legal, business, government, religious and concerned citizens come together to build healthy communities for all. This conference is the first step of a call to action to eliminate health disparities and I am excited that the University at Buffalo is partnering with the community to take on this challenge,” concluded Reverend Nicholas.

Leading Public Health Scholars To Present Keynotes

Dr. Consuelo Wilkins; Dr. Stephen Thomas

The keynote speaker is Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, she is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College.

The other featured speaker is Dr. Stephen Thomas from the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity. Dr. Thomas is one of the nation’s leading scholars on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

Through guided breakout sessions informed by the social determinants of health, the aim is to explore the underlying root causes of health disparities by examining, discussing, and initiating action related to housing, health and healthcare, education and training, personal security, and employment, jobs and financial hardship.

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING: tinyurl.com/ignitehope2018

About African American Health Disparities Task Force

Kinzer M. Pointer, Jr., Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church; Chair, Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS.

The African American Health Disparities Task Force is a grass roots initiative that has brought together community and academic individuals who want to address and improve the health disparities in the African American population in Buffalo. Members of the Task Force from the University at Buffalo include faculty from Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Management, Education, Law, Architecture and Planning, Clinical Translational Science Institute, and Public Health and Health Professions.

Members of the Task Force from the community include representatives from the faith community led by Reverend George Nicholas and Pastor Kinzer Pointer; staff from Millennium Collaborative Care including Rita Hubbard-Robinson, Patient Activation Measure Manager/Consultant and Host of “Millennium Health Matters” radio show; Population Health Collaborative of WNY; the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC); and other key stakeholders including primary care, providers, law enforcement, and labor unions.

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