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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Health Care Disparities

April 18, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Date: January 27, 2015

Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:     (716) 862-8753 Cell:  (716) 512-9338




Health Equity: Weaving the Tapestry of Care
Workshops Addressing Issues of Health Care Disparities


VA Western New York Healthcare System will hold a series of workshops in Freedom Hall, room 301 at the Buffalo VA medical center, 3495 Bailey Avenue, on Tuesday, April 24. This is the second annual Health Equity Conference VA is hosting, health care professionals and the community are encouraged to attend one or all of the workshops presented by VA and community leaders to assist with bridging the gaps of health care disparities. The scheduled agenda, workshops and presenters are as follows:

7:30-8:20 AM:   Check-in

8:20-8:30 AM:   Welcome & Introductions – Danielle Bergman, Acting Associate Director, VA WNYHS

8:30- 9:20 AM:  The Basics of Equity, Disparities and the Role of Cultural Competence – Dr. Anna Kusche

                               & Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, VA WNYHS

9:30-10:20 AM: Management of HCV Among People Who Inject Drugs – Dr. Anthony Martinez, ECMC

10:30-11:30 AM: Keynote Panel – Field Leadership for Addressing Health and Health Care Disparities

                          Among Veterans; Moderator - Dr. Uchenna S. Uchendu, Executive Director, VHA

                          Office of Health Equity. Panelists – Leslie Wiggins, Network Director, VISN 7, VA

                           Southeast Network, Wendell Jones, MD, Chief Medical Officer, VISN 17 VA Heart of

                           Texas Health Care Network      


12:15-1:05 PM:   Pharmacy and Health Care Disparities - Dr. Krista Vollmer, VA WNYHS                                                

1:15-2:05 PM:     Opiate Use and Pregnancy & Issues in Access to Care - Dr. Davina Moss-King, Positive

                           Directions Counseling

2:15-3:05 PM:     The Impact of Food Deserts -Tami Rowh, Well Fed Yogi

3:15-4:05 PM:      Ageism – Discrepancies in Care – Dr. Donald McDonald, VA WNYHS

“Our goal is to learn and share best practices from VA and community leaders specifically to address health care disparities,” said Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, Psychologist/Health Behavior Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Health Equity Committee. “Addressing the impact of population differences can improve the overall health outcomes for each individual patient.” This event is free and open to health care providers and veteran patient advocates. For more information, please contact or 716-862-8858.