Health professionals, students invited to attend Cultural Inclusion Institute conference

SAN ANTONIO (June 2, 2014) – Primary care providers, nurses, dentists, social workers, students, educators, researchers and individuals who work in non-profit organizations are invited to attend the Cultural Inclusion Institute: Promoting a Culture of Inclusion in Healthcare on June 16 and 17 at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio.

Registration is now being accepted for this conference which offers continuing education credit to nurses, social workers and dentists. The professional fee is $350. Student fee is $200.

The goal of the institute is to exchange knowledge, expertise, research, challenges and successes in addressing issues related to cultural inclusion and to develop strategies for integrating cultural inclusion into healthcare professional practice.

The keynote address is on “Health Disparities: The Clear and Present Danger Continues” by G. Rumay Alexander, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, clinical professor and director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz Stefanics, Ph.D., county commissioner in Santa Fe county, will discuss “Will Disparities Be Mitigated by the Affordable Care Act?” Also speaking will be Eloisa G. Taméz, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor of graduate nursing education at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and global affairs and professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, will wrap up the two-day event with “Bringing It All Together,” which will address nursing education regarding cultural inclusion.

The conference is being organized by the School of Nursing and the Department of Lifelong Learning at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. To register for the conference, please go to For more information, call 210-567-5054.


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