Heritage College hosting speakers for Minority Health Month

Apr 11, 2017

In celebration of National Minority Health Month, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has scheduled a series of speakers and events throughout April, centering around the theme “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.”

The lineup of events is below; all events take place on one of the three Heritage College campuses – Athens, Cleveland or Dublin – with videoconferencing to the college’s other two campuses. Attendance at any of the five speakers is open to anyone at Ohio University.

  • Tuesday, April 4, noon: Angela Dawson, director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, will speak on “Addressing Health Disparities and Advancing Health Equity: You Can Make a Difference.” The Ohio Commission on Minority Health – the nation’s first state office of minority health – was created to address disparities in health status between Ohio’s minority and non- minority populations.
  • Monday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.: Sabrina Gunn, D.O., will speak on the topic, “Addressing Mental Health in Minority Medical Students.” Dr. Gunn, a 2015 Heritage College graduate, is completing a residency in psychiatry. She will also be the guest that day at a luncheon event for Ohio University pre-medical students, where she will share insights on her career and her experience at the Heritage College.
  • Wednesday, April 12, noon: Jamie Oxendine, Native American consultant, will speak on “Understanding and Providing Effective Care to Native Americans.” Oxendine, who is of Lumbee/Creek Ancestry and a member of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, lectures on Native American Culture for schools, universities and organizations across the United States.
  • Tuesday, April 18, noon: Leonor Osorio, D.O., Community Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, will speak on “Latino Health Care, Disparities and Barriers.” Dr. Osorio received her medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital since 2001. 
  • Thursday, April 20, noon: Manju Sankarappa, executive director of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, will speak on “Working Together to Understand and Improve Health for All.” Sankarappa works to eliminate the social inequities that contribute to disparities in the quality of life of Ohio’s Asian American and Pacific Islander population through community research, education and advocacy.

Also in connection with Minority Health Month, the Heritage College is sponsoring three “Dining With Doctors” events, one for each campus site, where medical students can dine with a guest physician who can talk about their experiences related to minority health and minority representation in health care.

The Heritage College kicked off its Minority Health Month activities on Saturday, April 1, with a workshop called “Responding to Racism in Clinical Settings.” This workshop was conducted by the college’s Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program.

On March 28, Ohio’s Commission on Minority Health kicked off Minority Health Month with an opening ceremony and celebration of the commission’s 30 th anniversary. During this event, longtime Heritage College faculty member Harold Thompson, D.O., assistant professor of emergency medicine, was honored with a minority health leadership award.

For more information on Minority Health Month events at the Heritage College, including details on speaker locations at each campus, contact Brandi Baker, assistant director of multicultural affairs in the Heritage College Office of Student Affairs, at bakerb2@ohio.edu.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. For more information, please visit our website at   www.ohio.edu/medicine . CARE LEADS HERE.