Conference on Racial Disparities in Health

April 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

A day long conference, titled “Health Disparities: How Will Rochester Bridge the Racial Divide?” will be held on May 1st.   The conference is being presented by Perinatal Network of Monroe County and the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency with funding from the NYS Department of Health, Division of Family Health.

Rochester’s Health Divide:  Why is it that on virtually every measure of health, African Americans and Hispanics fare worse than their white counterparts? How can we bridge the divide when biology, environment, and behavior are all both cause and consequence of poor health? Join us for a discussion of the ways in which health disparities are manifest in our community and the life course basis for many of those disparities.  We will explore the cultural factors that influence both patient and provider behavior and how these factors contribute to disparities in health status and health care experiences.  Most importantly, we will engage the community in identifying what we – public and private institutions, employers, health and human service providers, and individuals – must do to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities based on race. The result of this conference will be a community plan that sets specific goals and mobilizes resources to achieve them. Come and be part of the solution!

The conference will be held Thursday, May 1, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport located at 911 Brooks Avenue in Rochester.  Presenters include Patricia Brantingham, Executive Director of the Perinatal Network and Wade Norwood, director of the Department of Community Engagement for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

There is no charge for attending this conference and there is plenty of free parking. However, space is limited and registration is required. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Please respond to:, Phone: 546-4930, ext 215 or Fax: 546-3021.


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