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Upstate celebrates Black History Month

Upstate celebrates Black History Month

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Upstate Medical University will offer informative, insightful and entertaining events throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.

“We want to continue the successful momentum of last year’s recognition of Black History Month,” said Tree Carter, chair of the Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity at Upstate. “For example, we have planned an opening ceremony that offers something for everyone, including a heart healthy soul food lunch, featuring free heart healthy home cooking, African American style cookbooks, compliments of the National Institutes of Health, and a free raffle for gift baskets. On behalf of the planning committee, we look forward to seeing many people from the Upstate community in attendance.”

All of Upstate’s events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise stated. Events include:

- Old Roots, New Roots II: Learning to Learn Together. Wednesday, Feb. 1. 6 to 8 p.m. Mundy Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Individuals who represent various ethnic groups will discuss ways to ensure cross-cultural unity in our community. Attendees are welcome to join the discussion. Co-sponsored by Upstate Medical University.

- Strong Women, Strong Hearts. Saturday, Feb. 4. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298 in East Syracuse. Upstate’s Cardiovascular Nursing staff will offer this free day of education, entertainment and indulgence with an emphasis on women and heart disease. The event includes presentations by Upstate cardiologist Luna Bhatta, M.D., who will discuss women and heart disease; Lorraine Langdon, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.-C.S.C., Upstate’s congestive heart failure coordinator, who will speak about uncontrolled hypertension in women and its effects on the heart; and a 46 year-old survivor of a heart attack. The event also includes free health screenings, nutritional information, heart-healthy tastings, exercise information and classes, Reiki therapy, a silent auction and raffles. Registration is required. To register and for an event schedule, call Upstate Connect at 464-8668.

- Photo Exhibit: March of Dimes Salutes the African-American Community: 73 Years of Partnership will be displayed Feb. 13 to 16 in a location to be announced. The exhibit features a tribute to March of Dimes celebrity ambassadors from the 1940s to current day, historical notes on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the organization’s early partnership with Tuskegee Institute, and the evolution of the mission of the March of Dimes.

- Diversity Lecture: Impact of Faith and Religion on the Interaction of Patients and the Health Providers. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2231 Weiskotten Hall.
Frank Young, M.D., Ph.D., class of ’56 and former commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, will discuss ways to: take a social history that includes a faith history; identify the faith lens through a person’s views of their disease; bridge the cultural divide between and among the health providers and the patient when there is a difference in faith; and how the health provider can understand if his or her faith is helping or inhibiting the eventual outcome of a patient’s struggle with a life-threatening disease. Free lunch will be served.

- Sarah Loguen Fraser Day: Heart and Soul: Women of Color in Medicine. Friday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m., Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. Panelists will share their journey into the fields of science and medicine and will share how they have put their collegiate science and pre-med backgrounds to use in their personal and professional lives. They will also assist students in exploring the many options, challenges and rewards of their field. Upstate faculty among the panelists include Sharon Brangman, M.D., professor, chief of geriatric medicine and director of the CNY Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center; Donna-Ann M. Thomas, M.D., assistant professor and director of pain treatment; and Celines Morales-Ribeiro, M.D., clinical instructor of surgery.

- Elizabeth Blackwell Day: Saving Lives and Surviving Setbacks. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Presentation: Noon. Reception: 1 p.m. Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall (presentation); Setnor Atrium (reception)
Keynote address by Shermian P. Daniel, M.D., a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; ambassador for Child Family Health International.; crusader for the National Multiple Sclerosis Soc.; and president and CEO of the Wagner Wolf, LLC Publishing Co. Upstate College of Medicine students Marsha Peart and Maxine Owusu will give opening and closing remarks.

- Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Dinner Dance. Friday, Feb. 24 6 to 10 p.m. Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road., Syracuse. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 general public. For information and to purchase tickets, call 464-5434

2012 Black History Month events at Upstate are supported and coordinated by Upstate’s Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity (FSAD), Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student National Medical Association, Medical Alumni Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of the President.

For more information about Black History Month events, call 464-5234 or 464-5433.