In March of 1966, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and most inhumane."
That was 50 years ago. Since then, medical research and technology has had a major impact on the health of those who can afford it. However, not much has changed in terms of the "injustice in health care." It's still just as "shocking and inhumane" as it was a half century ago. Millions, if not billions, of people in the U.S. and the rest of the world do not have adequate access to health care.
A Nov. 3 address at Niagara University by well-known physician Dr. David Holmes will explore the disparities in health care and what can be done, locally and globally, to address this significant problem. Titled "Underserved Medicine: Globally and Locally," the lecture is the first in a new series at NU, which is sponsored by the Dr. John J. Hughes, '67 endowment.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Golisano Center (Room 101). It is free and open to the public.
Holmes is a clinical associate professor of family medicine and director of global health education at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. He holds a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University and an M.D. in medicine from the University of Vermont. He completed his residency in family medicine at UB.
At Niagara, Holmes will offer reflections on his clinical experiences in Kenya, India, China, Haiti and Buffalo. He will also suggest ways students and others can get involved to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of those in need.
"The purpose of my life is to love and honor God and my family, and make a positive and significant difference in the lives of others," Holmes said.
The Hughes Lectureship was initiated by an endowment created by the late Dr. John Hughes, '67, an accomplished radiologist. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the health sciences or to health care. The lecture also provides an academic forum for the university community, area health care professionals and members of the general public to address topics of importance in contemporary health care.
Questions about the lecture may be addressed to Dr. William Cliff at 716-286-8243 or [email protected].
To learn more about Niagara University's pre-health programs, visit www.niagara.edu/pre-health-professions.