The University of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy welcomes Dr. Regina Benjamin, former Surgeon General of the United States, on Thursday, April 8th, at 6 p.m. for the keynote address Health Equity: I Can Make a Difference. This inaugural event will help healthcare practitioners and students understand how they can remove barriers to provide equitable, accessible, and high-quality care to patients from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Benjamin served as President Obama’s Surgeon General from 2009 to 2013, after starting her career by providing medical care for the underserved. Being raised in an economically poor area, Dr. Benjamin experienced inequities in the health care system as both a patient and a physician. As the country’s top doctor, Dr. Benjamin worked to close the health disparities gap.
“As faculty, we must take the lead in preparing students to work for equity for their patients,” said Sandra Earle, Pharm.D., associate professor of teaching in pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for assessment. “Students, faculty, and participants will be invited to submit questions for Dr. Benjamin after her keynote address. This will give everyone a chance to engage with her.”
This event is made possible through the generosity of the Buford Center for Diversity and Service, College of Pharmacy, Student Government Association, UF Convocations Committee, and Walgreens Pharmacy.