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UAlbany Hosts Leaders in Health Care Industry to Address Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities

The CEMHD is a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 31, 2011) – In conjunction with the University at Albany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities and School of Social Welfare, leading physicians, social workers, psychologists and nurses from across the nation and Puerto Rico will convene to address health inequalities among sexual minorities. According to the 2011 “Health Disparities and Inequalities Report” by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), data collection and analysis gaps in health disparities by sexual orientation are even more severe than other populations researched.

"Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities: Along the Life Cycle: A Beginning Conversation," a two-day conference dealing with issues confronting the mental and physical health of sexual minorities, will be held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7 – 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Page Hall Auditorium of UAlbany's Downtown Campus. It is designed for community members, students, faculty and researchers concerned with decreasing and eliminating health disparities in underserved populations.

Guthrie Birkhead, M.D., deputy commissioner of health and director of the Office of Public Health for New York State, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to the speaker agenda, Charles Bennett Brack, producer-director of The Sakia Gunn Story, a documentary on the sexual-bias-related slaying of a 15-year-old New Jersey student, will screen his film in Page Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, and engage in a dialogue after its presentation.

Sponsored by the University's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities and School of Social Welfare, along with the campus's Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Project, registration is required by Nov. 2. For more information, contact Dr. Robert L. Miller, Jr. at rmiller@albany.edu or (518) 442-5374.

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