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Thursday, February 2


More Than a Cough, More Than Just a Cold:
Examining the Implications of Health Care Disparities

12:30pm-2pm Wyoming Union Family Room

Proper health is essential. However, data shows that certain communities do not receive adequate care based on unavailability of resources, socioeconomic status, and social barriers. What communities experience these disparities? Why do they occur? What can be done to improve these problems? Please join us, through a facilitated panel discussion, as we talk about health disparities in Wyoming and Native American communities while examining contributing factors and solutions.

Moderator: Lisa Shipley
Lisa Shipley retired from UW last summer after 32 years of service, plus 2 degrees (BA, MA, English) and most of 2 others (linguistics and women’s studies). The last 14 years were spent managing student affairs for the College of Health Sciences, which included preprofessional health advising and administration. As a part of her job, Lisa was assigned to lead an initiative to develop a diversity plan for the college as a part of its academic planning process. And so this life-changing project began. After countless hours of research and meetings, the College of Health Sciences has new, inclusive mission and vision statements and a plan to become more inclusive in its hiring, admission, and student education. Health disparities quickly rose to the top in this project, given the nature of our college, and it became her personal passion to pass information about health disparities to her students, our future healthcare providers

Panelists: Allison Sage, Jason Baldes, Lillian Zuniga
Allison Sage - Chair Wind River Health Disparity Roundtable on Health Disparities

Allison works for the Northern Arapaho Tribe as a director for the Wind River Children’s Home in Riverton. He is also a member of the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative Board member to work on a 10 year plan to end Homelessness. He was the Northern Arapaho Tribal Health Director from 2011-2016, which allowed him to work on all aspects of health related issues, including health Disparities on the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Allison Graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, in 1994 he attended the State University of New York-Albany and earned 10 graduate credits toward his graduate degree. In 2005 he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Graduate Degree in Social Work. He also teaches a Human Service Cohort for the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, from 2008 to the present. Allison lives on the Wind River Indian Reservation and continues to work on health issues in all of the areas it covers.

Jason Baldes - Wind River Native American Advocacy Center
Jason is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe from the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) in Wyoming. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Land Resource & Environmental Sciences from Montana State University in Bozeman Montana. Interest in Indigenous cultural revitalization has afforded Baldes opportunities to work in New Zealand, Russia, and Denmark. Work in his own community has been focused on the reintroduction of Bison/Buffalo to the WRIR and is currently the Buffalo Representative for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. Jason serves on the Advisory Board for the Tribal Lands Program of the National Wildlife Federation. He is currently the executive director of the Wind River Native Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization with a mission of empowering Native Americans in Wyoming to have a stronger voice in self-determination of health, equity, education, and economic development.

Lillian Zuniga - Wyoming Department of Health
Lillian is the Program Manager, for the State’s Office of Health Equity, within the Public Health Division at the Wyoming Department of Health. She has headed up the Office of Health Equity for approximately 7 years. Her work aims at ensuring Wyoming’s racial and ethnic residents receive the same quality of healthcare as the general population. She advocates for policies, programs, and services that improve access while taking into consideration the social determinates of health, health disparities, and equity. The mission of the Office of Health Equity is to minimize health disparities among underserved populations in the state through networking, partnerships, education, collaboration, and advocacy; and to promote culturally competent programs aimed at improving health equity.



Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue

Franchesca Ramsey

7:30pm Wyoming Union Ballroom

Franchesca Ramsey is a writer, actress and video blogger based out of New York City. Her "claim to fame" came in January 2012 when her video, "Sh*t White Girls Black Girls (SWGSTBG) went viral. It garnered over 1.5 million views in 24 hours and 5 million views in just 5 days. It also made a lot of white girls cry. For Franchesca Ramsey's full biography and video links click here

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