International Conference on Health Issues March 8 at UTPA
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 01/24/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American will host the third International Conference on Health Issues March 8, followed by a three-day National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute grantwriting workshop.

The Planning Committee for the third International Conference on Health Issues, March 8 at UTPA. Sitting, left to right, Betty Johnson, nursing assistant professor; Dr. Helen Castillo, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services; and Pat Bortoni, College of Health Sciences and Human Services coordinator. Standing, Dr. Gilbert Cardenas, International Programs assistant vice president; Dr. George Eyambe, clinical laboratory sciences assistant professor; Sylvia Ybarra, nursing secretary; Dr. Carolina Huerta, Department of Nursing chair; Laura Alanis, social work secretary; Julia Benitez Sullivan, University Relations director; and Ed Vela, coordinator for the Office of Center Operations and Community Services (CoSERVE). Not pictured are Dr. Cervando Martinez, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Medicine; Lu Garza, Edinburg Regional Medical Center/McAllen Medical Center United Health Services nursing director; Lisa Killion, Edinburg Regional Medical Center United Health Services public relations director; Howard Miller, UTPA police chief; Doreen Garza, U.T. System Texas-Mexico Border Health Coordination Office assistant director; and Dr. Wendy Lawrence-Fowler, Center for Distance Learning director.

The one-day conference provides a forum of international exchange of health-related information and research. It also brings together physicians, health educators, nurses and other health care providers for possible future collaboration in health care research, service and education.

Internationally known speakers will present new research related to health issues affecting the world, especially diseases prevalent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. Experts in diabetes, infectious diseases and cancer highlight the agenda, along with a panel of experts from Mexico and the United States who will discuss health economics.

The three-day grants and contracts workshop will provide colleges, universities and institutions with substantial minority student enrollment the expert training and consultation to negotiate and secure NIH contracts. It also will provide opportunities for partnerships that enhance teaching, research and community development at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the communities they serve.

Registration for the conference and workshop is $75, $15 for students. For more information, contact the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at 956/381-2292 or 318-5235.