Treasurer—Gil Hargrave

Gil Hargrave
Gil Hargrave

Gil is a retired teacher and school administrator for the Buffalo Public Schools system. As an educator, he believes in the power of social capital of community gatekeepers, especially those who represent underserved communities, in educating those constituencies they may represent on such important issues relating to health and the reduction of health disparities for specific populations of people. “In 2008, I, along with others, was asked to serve on a unique focus group comprised of just men to provide input to research being conducted by a prominent Roswell Park urologist and surgeon on prostate cancer education delivery that would mostly target minority men,” said Gil. ‘After about the third month of meetings and providing input and our advice, I along with my fellow focus group colleagues became alarmed at the large number of minority men in Western New York who were dying from prostate cancer only because they didn’t routinely talk to their personal physicians about the subject, didn’t know what their risk factors were before being diagnosed, in many cases much too late, with the disease, and because they were not routinely screened for the disease. Our answer to this dilemma ultimately became what we now know as MANUP Buffalo—I am proud to be an original founding member of this important organization.” Gil, who reports “never having prostate cancer but has experienced first-hand the damage the disease causes on so many lives” has served as MANUP Buffalo treasure since the group’s formal inception in 2010.