The University of Texas-Pan American Center on Aging and Health, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Council on Aging and Amigos del Valle, will host a two-day community forum titled "A Voice for Hispanic Seniors in the Health Care Debate" Nov. 11-12.
The forum is designed to provide information about important health care issues through speakers, exhibits, and workshops, said Armando G. Dominguez, forum coordinator and research assistant for the UTPA Center on Aging and Health.
The forum, to be held at the UTPA Annex located at 2412 S. Closner in Edinburg, will also offer participants an opportunity to obtain information on health care issues as well as interact with people who are concerned with improving the health and health care services for the Hispanic elderly, Dominguez said.
"It's a time to exchange ideas, discuss the best practice models related to health care, and to consider health policy issues and effective advocacy strategies," Dominguez added. "Our goal is to provide a voice for the Hispanic elderly at a time when it is most needed. This forum offers an opportunity for these people to address the many critical health care issues that confront us and are part of the present health care debate."
According to Dominguez, key indications show that the country's health has greatly improved in the last two decades, but despite encouraging news, Hispanic seniors suffer from certain diseases at up to five times the rate of other groups.
For more information on the forum, contact the UTPA Center on Aging and Health at 956/381-2138.