Keystone to celebrate Public Health Week with conference and lecture

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Posted: 03/14/2014

La PlumeKeystone College will celebrate National Public Health Week with a full-day conference on April 9 and a lecture addressing LGBT elder care on April 10. 

The conference, Health Education About LGBT Elders (HEALE), will take place  Wednesday, April 9 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center. The following evening, Thursday, April 10, the free, public lecture, “An Introduction to Older LGBT Adults” will take place at 7 p.m. in Brooks Theater.

Presented by the Geriatric Education Staff from the Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, the HEALE conference will examine medical care for LGBT older adults. Participants will discuss essential terminology and concepts, explore barriers to health care, review legal concerns, and explore the basic principles of HIV transmission and treatment. Targeted for individuals in healthcare and nursing, the conference costs $20 and includes lunch. Participants will receive six continuing education credits.

The free public lecture, sponsored by Keystone's Concerts and Lectures Series, on April 10 will be presented by Hector Salgado of the Howard Brown Health Center. Topics to be discussed include increased risks for poor health as a result of employment discrimination, public benefits, and other available services.

Founded in 1974, the Howard Brown Health Care Center (HBHC) is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations. The agency serves more than 16,000 people each year through a multi-site operation based in Chicago. In 2006, HBHC was selected by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to lead a collaborative effort in developing a first-of-its-kind comprehensive program for isolated seniors.

To register for the conference, please contact Dr. Dorothy Anthony(570) 945-8416.