Free registration:

WHAT: IGNITING HOPE 2018 Building a Just Community with a Culture of Health and Equity

WHEN: 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Sat. April 28

WHERE: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – 955 Main St., Buffalo – (Enter at Main/High St. entrance)

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



SAT. APRIL 28, 2018


8:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Charles F. Zukoski, PhD – Provost and Executive Vice President for

Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo


8:45 AM: Morning Kickoff/Framing – Root Causes

Rev. George F, Nicholas, MDiv, Conference Convener, African American Health Disparity Taskforce; Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church


9:45 AM: Facilitated Root Cause Breakout Session – Processing Social Determinants of Health is an on-going process; this session will allow the participant to understand the impact of social determinants of

health on health outcomes through one of following lenses:

  • Scenario
  • Photovoice
  • Community Mapping


11:15 AM: Lunch


12:00 PM: Debrief from Root Cause Breakout Session


12:40 PM: Keynote

Building a Culture of Health and Equity: How It’s Done in Other Cities

Dr. Consuelo H. WilkinsExecutive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College


1: 15 PM: Case Study: Community Impact

Dr. Stephen Thomas – Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland


2:00 PM: Next Steps/Action Group Sessions

Break up into Selected social determinant of health/root cause groups, to plan action steps for continuing the movement.

(Self-Selected Groups)




-Personal Security



3:30 PM:  Debrief

4:00 PM:  Adjourn


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