Feb. 7, 2014

Center for Healthy Communities to hold seminar on health disparities in Montgomery County

hands in a circleDAYTON, Ohio—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 on 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, M.P.H., Community Transformation Grant project manager, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County; Sara Paton, Ph.D., associate professor, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Community Health and epidemiologist, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County; and Cheryl Scroggins, community coordinator, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

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

Seminars also 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 interested community members. There is a $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Payment must be received by Feb. 25. Space is limited. Directions are available online at: www.med.wright.edu/chc/hlmvseminars. For more information or to register, call Cindy Bradley at (937) 775-8248, or email her at lucinda.bradley@wright.edu.