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Speaker to discuss ‘culture and health’ at Lyon College

Dr. William Ventres will discuss “Culture and Health: Growing Awareness in Medical Science” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Nucor Auditorium at Lyon College.

Ventres, the Ben Saltzman Distinguished Chair in Rural Family Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is a seasoned family physician and medical anthropologist. Clinically, he has more than 30 years of experience as a community-based family doctor working in both ambulatory and hospital settings.

His work has focused on the care of underserved and minority populations in safety-net clinics and corrections health settings, attending principally to economically poor and socially marginalized patients.

Outside of clinical practice, Ventres has been a leader in the international development of family medicine, physician-patient communication, and the use of qualitative methods to explore research questions in generalist practice. He has written extensively on topics related to social determinants of health, ethics in global health practice, and social accountability in medical education.