Public invited to Latino Health Forum Sept. 12 hosted by School of Nursing

Media advisory

WHAT:           The School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is hosting a Latino Health Forum open to the public. The topic is health care, including access to health care, issues for Latinos within the health care system, stigmas of Latinos seeking help and much more. Media who wish to cover conference sessions are asked to contact Darpan Patel, Ph.D.,, (352) 682-9726.

The Latino Health Forum is free. It is part of the School of Nursing’s Conference on Community Engagement and Healthcare Improvement, being held Sept. 12 and 13 for health care researchers and providers who have registered for the conference. The conference is also open, at no cost, to students and interested non-academic and non-health-related professionals. View the speaker bios and agenda.

WHEN:           5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

WHERE:        Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio

WHO:              UT Health San Antonio spokesman is Darpan Patel, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, (352) 682-9726.

Panelists include Maximo Aguiano, panel moderator and executive director of the Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund;

Miriam Elizondo, director of development, Sunshine School for Deaf Children;

Elizabeth Lutz, executive director of the Bexar County Health Collaborative;

Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor of nursing at UT Health San Antonio;

José Menéndez, state senator, District 26; and

Manuel Zamarripa, Ph.D., psychologist and counselor, South University.

DETAILS:       “Hearing from Latinos about issues affecting their access to, and experiences with, health care is an important part of the conference. Their ideas will be incorporated into the rest of the conference that will focus on upcoming research on how to improve the health care system locally, regionally and nationally,” said Dr. Patel, director of the conference and Latino Health Forum.

The conference and Latino Health Forum are funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. “PCORI helps people make informed healthcare decisions, and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community,” according to the mission statement on the PCORI website.

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