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Feb. 14, 2001 -- No. 73

Quality of minority health care is subject of School of Public Health conference

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16)

William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Race, Class and Environment: the State of Minority Health" is the theme of the 23rd Annual Minority Health Conference, a student-organized event sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Richard Moore, co-founder of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice and the Southwest Organizing Project, will headline the conference. Moore is a national leader in the environmental justice movement, with more than 25 years of experience as a community activist and organizer. He also is founder and director of the Bobby Garcia Clinic in Albuquerque, N.M. In his career, he has addressed issues such as welfare rights, drug abuse, low-cost health care, child nutrition and racial equality.

The goal of the conference is to explore the impact of social and environmental factors on the health of minority populations by presenting underlying conditions, examining innovative strategies and identifying priority areas for future research and practice.

Current and future health professionals representing several states are expected to attend the conference, where workshops will feature experts on Latino health, rural health, community activism, HIV and AIDS, aging and access issues facing minorities. The conference concludes with a panel discussion of the new administration and the future of minority health.

Moore’s speech and the afternoon panel discussion will be carried live by satellite (C-Band) and the Internet, through a grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. For access information, click to www.minority.unc.edu.

For schedule details and registration information, click to www.sph.unc.edu/oce.

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