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University community invited to Minority Health Month physician speaker series at medical school

(Athens, OH – 4.6.12) The disparity in health conditions between minority and non-minority populations in urban, suburban and rural areas takes center stage during Minority Health Month this April at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM).

This year’s theme, Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY!, is a call to action and unity for the regions, the state and local offices of minority health, the health departments and all the organizations and partners involved and invested in reducing health disparities, according to Alicia Boards, assistant director for multicultural programs at OU-HCOM.

Minority Health Month celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, according to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health web site. The Ohio Commission on Minority Health is the lead agency organizing 48 other state minority health commissions into a national association and is responsible for creating Minority Health Month, which began in 1989 and became a national celebration in 2000.

This year, OU-HCOM hosts three speakers, two of whom are OU-HCOM alumni. University and OU-HCOM students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentations; RSVP to Boards at if you plan to attend. All events take place in Irvine Hall, 194, from noon to 1 p.m.

·         April 9, “Diversity of Medicine: How mentorship can change the face of medicine.”, presented by Tyree M.S. Winters, D.O. (’07), clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University Medical Center/Nationwide Children's Hospital.

·         April 23, Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs the New York Institute of Technology and former dean at OU-HCOM from 1993 to 2001.

·         April 25, “Sexually Transmitted Infections: Experiences from the front-lines,” presented by Jose Bazan, D.O. (’04), medical director, Columbus Public Health Sexual Health Clinic, and assistant professor of clinical internal medicine.

For more information about these events, please contact Boards 740.593.2465.


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