AUG. 16-17: ‘IGNITING HOPE 2019’:‘Building A Culture of Health & Ending African American Health Disparities’

Fri., Aug 16 – Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Conference to feature nationally renowned African American healthcare experts;
G-Health Enterprises and Cicatelli Associates Inc. sign on as Gold sponsors;
Update on ‘The Buffalo Center to Eliminate African American Health Disparities’ to be announced
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The African American Health Disparities Task Force invites community members to attend “Igniting Hope 2019: “Building A Culture of Health & Ending African American Health Disparities”  Fri., Aug. 17 and Sat., Aug. 18, 2019 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo at 955 Main St., Buffalo.

The Conference is free and open to all community members. (Registration is requested.)

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Michael Cain, MD, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School

“For too long, African American communities in Buffalo and elsewhere have endured the consequences of health disparities. The University at Buffalo and its partners are committed to reversing this trend and helping to ensure that race is no longer a predictive factor in someone’s overall health and life expectancy,” said Michael Cain, MD, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School.

Raul Vazquez, MD, CEO and President, G-Health Enterprises

“GBUACO (Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization) is taking the lead on addressing the social determinants of health (housing, food and transportation) throughout Buffalo within these African American communities,” said Raul Vazquez, MD, CEO and President, G-Health Enterprises. “By targeting these three major concerns our care coordination model can provide a 20% savings in the overwhelming Medicaid budget of $60 billion for six million people across New York State.”

 

The 2019 Conference will feature leading African American public health experts who have experience in initiating and engaging communities to effect a change in minority health disparities including Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; John Ruffin, PhD, Founding Director, National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities; and Lisa A. Nicholas, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

Rev. Nicholas was featured in “Building a community with better health for all” , produced in 2018 by the University at Buffalo for the African American Health Disparities Task Force
https://tinyurl.com/y64hoz5v

“This conference is an unprecedented event for Buffalo,” said Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist; and Convener, African American Health Disparities Task Force. “It brings to the city of Buffalo three major black physicians, among our nation’s most prominent leaders in addressing health disparities, who will be speaking specifically about health issues in Buffalo’s black community. Bringing this level of black expertise and black excellence – both national and local — together is unprecedented in Buffalo and a reflection of the commitment that all of us have made to reversing the disparities that have so damaged our community for too long.

“Anyone who thinks that it’s not a good thing to be living in a community where black people are suffering inexcusable poor health outcomes, whether that be hypertension, diabetes or poor maternal health outcomes for black women, should come to this conference,” concluded Rev. Nicholas.

2019 CONFERENCE AGENDA


• The Conference will begin 6 PM – 8 PM, Fri., Aug. 16, with a presentation by Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

• The Conference will continue from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Sat., Aug. 17, with feature presentations from John Ruffin, PhD, Founding Director, National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities; and Lisa A. Nicholas, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Day Two will also feature Information to Action Workshops; Roundtable Discussions and Solution Based Dialogue. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Sat., Aug. 17.

 

About The African American Health Disparities Task Force (For further Information: https://tinyurl.com/yy96t5da)
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.

Goals: Established in 2015, the AAHDTF is committed to the following goals and accomplishments:
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 “The Buffalo Center to Eliminate African American Health Disparities.”

About The University at Buffalo (For further information: http://www.buffalo.edu/ )
UB is a premier, research-intensive public university and a member of the Association of American Universities. As the largest, most comprehensive institution in the 64-campus State University of New York system, UB’s research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. UB offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate and professional programs. UB alumni live in every state and 146 countries.

About G-Health Enterprises (For further information: https://tinyurl.com/y48txe99 )
G-Health Enterprises is a health care organization which encompasses several affiliates: The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO), Urban Family Practice and The Greater Buffalo United Independent Physician’s Association (GBUIPA) facilitated by CEO and President Raul Vazquez, MD. G-Health Enterprise’s mission is to cultivate hope and quality healthcare in children, families, and communities. Starting out as a simple Family Practice on Buffalo’s lower West Side, G-Health Enterprises has evolved into an ambitious entity bringing about positive change at the neighborhood and state levels. It is within this multi-faceted organization that G-Health Enterprises believes change is possible and unconditional, holistic care is realized.

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