Health care needs and ways to improve the quality of health care on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border will be the focus of the First International Conference on Health Issues April 27-29 at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Sponsored by UTPA's College of Health Sciences and Human Services in cooperation with Central Power and Light Co., the conference is designed to provide a forum for the international exchange of health-related information and research and to bring together physicians, health educators, nurses and other health care providers for possible future collaboration in health care research, service and education.
"It is our goal to encourage international collaborative research and to focus on health care and policy development issues," said Dr. Helen Castillo, professor and dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.
"We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to meet with our colleagues from Mexico, local health care providers and economic leaders to discuss mutual binational health care needs and strategies for improving the quality of health care on the U.S./Mexico border," she said.
Topics discussed at the conference will include diseases of particular importance in the region, including diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; health policy; health promotion; economic development after NAFTA; an update on border health care; and health and the environment along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The keynote speaker Wednesday, April 28, will be Dr. Beverly M. Henry of the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will address "International Dimensions of Health Policy Development." Also Wednesday, A.R. "Tony" Sanchez from Laredo, a member of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and chairman of the board and CEO of Sanchez Oil and Gas Corp., will discuss the UT System's Regional Academic Health Center in the Rio Grande Valley at a luncheon program.
All sessions except the luncheon April 28 will be held in the University Theatre of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. The luncheon will be held in the University Ballroom.
Other co-sponsors of the conference are the UTPA Office of Center Operations and Community Services, The University of Texas System Texas-Mexico Border Health Coordination Office, the UTPA Center for International Studies and the UTPA Nursing Honor Society.
Registration for the conference is $90. For more information, call 956/381-3687.