Igniting Hope Conference 2019: Building a Culture of Health and Ending African American Health Disparities

Friday, August 16, 2019 and Saturday, August 17, 2019
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203


Friday August 16th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Registration begins at 5:30 PM)
Introductory Session and Networking Meet and Greet
Keynote Speaker: Moro Salifu MD MPH MBA, Professor and Chair of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. Dr. Moro will be exploring
• “Evidence for the Cause, Effect, and Mitigation of Social Determinants of Health in People of Color”


Saturday August 17th
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)
Engaging Speakers, Information to Action Workshops, Round Table Discussions, Solution Based Dialogue
Breakfast and lunch served

The Saturday conference will feature two nationally recognized speakers:
John Ruffin PhD, Founding Director National Institute on Minority Heath and Health Disparities
• “The Best Thinking to Mitigating Health Disparities: Operationalizing Meaningful Collaborations, Structures and Strategies”

Lisa Nicholas MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center
• “Women’s Health and Gender Equity”

Through guided breakout sessions informed by the social determinants of health, our aim is to explore the underlying root causes of health disparities by examining, discussing, and initiating action related to education, fines and fees, maternal health, access to healthcare, poverty and nutrition.

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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 Pastor George Nicholas and Pastor Kinzer Pointer, staff from Millennium Collaborative Care, Population Health Collaborative of WNY, and ECMC, Roswell Park Institute, primary care, key stakeholders, law enforcement, and labor unions.
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