Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine seminar to examine health disparities in Montgomery County

Various population groups within Montgomery County, including racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, the elderly and veterans, face barriers to health care because of social or economic disadvantages.

To examine health disparities in Montgomery County, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and the Ohio State Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Region IV will present four half-day seminars in 2014.

The first seminar will be held Tuesday, March 11, 8 a.m.–12:20 p.m., at Madison Lakes Conference Center, 581 Olive Road in Dayton. This seminar will provide an overview of health disparities in Montgomery County.

Presenters include Kimberly Freeman, Community Transformation Grant project manager, Public Health–Dayton and Montgomery County; Sara Paton, Ph.D., associate professor, Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Community Health and epidemiologist, Public Health–Dayton and Montgomery County; and Cheryl Scroggins, community coordinator, Public Health–Dayton and Montgomery County.

The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion and a Q&A session. Panel participants include Thometta Cozart Brooks, Health Equity Fellow, Ohio Commission on Minority Health; Tom Chung, Ph.D., executive director, China Initiatives, University of Cincinnati; and Tony Ortiz, associate vice president for Latino Affairs, Wright State University.

Other seminars in the series will be offered on June 10, Sept. 9 and Dec. 9 at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center. The June 10 seminar will focus on diabetes.

The Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and AHEC Region IV present the annual series of continuing education quarterly seminars for health-care professionals and the community.

There is a $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Payment must be received by Feb. 25. Space is limited. To register, contact Cindy Bradley at (937) 775-8248 or lucinda.bradley@wright.edu.

More information is available on the Boonshoft School of Medicine website.

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