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      UAMS hosting LGBT health care event January 16

      LITTLE ROCK - UAMS will hold a free conference next Thursday focusing on health care disparities in the lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.

      The January 16 event, "Providing Optimal Health Care for LGBTPatients," will feature keynote speaker Harvey Makadon, M.D., directorof the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute in Bostonand professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

      The conference will run from 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. in the Walton Auditorium on the 10th floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Dr. Makadon's lecture, "Taking aHistory of Sexual Health - Recognizing the Risk," will be at 9:00.

      "LGBT people have disproportionately high rates of tobaccouse, HIV infection, encounters with violence and homelessness, elevated ratesof depression and suicide attempts, and reduced access to preventive healthservices," Makadon said. "A critical step in dealing with these disparities isto educate providers on how to provide optimal care for LGBT people."

      Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To preregister and to see a fullagenda, visit cda.uams.edu. For more information call the UAMS Center forDiversity Affairs office at (501) 686-7299 or Kim Blann at (501) 686-7358.

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