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[March 7, 2006]

SUNY DOWNSTATE FACULTY MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO “BRIDGING HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES” CONFERENCE

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is assisting the Multicultural Healthcare Education Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus sponsor the “Bridging Healthcare Disparities: Getting Healthy and Living Well in the Black Community” conference on Friday, March 10.

The conference will address the effects of health disparities among African-Americans.  Several of Downstate’s faculty members will be speakers at the event.  Luther Clark, MD, chief of cardiology and principle investigator at the Brooklyn Center for Health Disparities, is co-chairperson of Conference Faculty and will moderate the discussion segment, “The Doctor Patient Relationship: Understanding Your Patient and the Patient Understanding You.”

Drs. Ruth Browne, assistant professor of preventive medicine and community health; Ellen Ginzler, chief of rheumatology; Douglas R. Lazzaro, interim chair of ophthalmology;Dr. Randall Bloomfield, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; and Monica Sweeney, assistant professor of preventive medicine and community health, will also speak on specific disparities afflicting black communities at the conference.

The conference is scheduled from 8am-5pm in the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (The Brooklyn Marriott) located at 333 Adams St.  Present trends in diabetes and HIV/AIDS and their consequences in Black communities will be examined.  Solutions to narrowing health disparities and a review of culturally relevant treatment approaches will also be discussed.  To register for the conference go to: http://www.mhefoundation.org/cbc/register.htm.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, serving more than 2 million people within the borough.  SUNY Downstate is located at 450 Clarkson Avenue.

 

 

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