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Free workshops designed to bridge gaps in health care disparities

The Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System will hold a series of workshops on Tuesday designed to bridge the gaps in health care disparities.

The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., will host the free workshops in Freedom Hall, Room 301.

Health care professionals and community residents are encouraged to attend one or all of the following workshops:

7:30 a.m.: Check-in, welcome and introductions.

Session 1 – Racial Disparities in Mental Health Care: Dr. Amy Reynolds, of the University at Buffalo, will lead this workshop from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.

Session 2 – Health Equity and Cancer Care: Dr. Wesley Hicks, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will lead this workshop from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Keynote speaker: Uchenna Uchendu, executive director of the VHA Office of Health Equity, 12:15 to 1:05 p.m.

Session 3 – The Conversation Project: Dr. Katie Grimm, from Erie County Medical Center, will lead this workshop from 1:15 to 2:05 p.m.

Session 4 – Health Care Disparities for the LGBT Population: Steve Jagord, of the PRIDE Center WNY, will lead this workshop from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m.

Session 5 – Health Care Disparities in Pastoral/Spiritual Care: The Rev. Dr. Robert Chambers, with the regional system’s chaplain service, will lead this workshop from 3:15 to 4:05 p.m.

Session 6 – Buffalo Neighborhoods – Who are Our Neighbors?: Ursuline Bankhead, health system psychologist/health behavior coordinator.

“Our goal is to learn and share best practices from VA and community leaders specifically to address health care disparities,” Bankhead said in a news release. “Addressing the impact of population differences can improve the overall health outcomes for each individual patient.”

For more information, email ursuline.bankhead@va.gov or call 862-8858.

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