Second SALSI forum takes aim at Latino obesity

Contacts: Cliff Despres (IHPR), (210) 562-6517
Christi Fish (UTSA), (210) 458-7584

WHAT: The second-annual SALSI Research Forum, highlighting efforts to prevent obesity among Latinos in San Antonio and South Texas.

After a keynote address by the Texas state demographer, researchers from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will hold panel discussions describing their work to combat Latino obesity. A third panel features projects by others in the community.

The San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) is a state-funded effort to strengthen collaboration between UTSA and the UT Health Science Center. The SALSI forum is coordinated by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Palo Duro Pavillion at the Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway in San Antonio.

WHO: The keynote speaker is Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., who was named Texas state demographer in May 2010. At UTSA, Dr. Potter is a professor of demography and director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
Introductory and closing remarks will be made by IHPR Director Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH.

NOTES: SALSI Research Forum is an invitation-only event, but members of the news media are welcome to attend. Opportunities for coverage include:

  • 9:30 a.m. – keynote address by state demographer Lloyd Potter
  • 10 a.m. – UTSA research panel
  • 11 a.m. – UT Health Science Center research panel
  • 1:30 p.m. – Community programs panel


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The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) investigates the causes and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer and chronic disease among Latinos in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation. The IHPR, founded in 2006, is based at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with a satellite office in Harlingen, Texas. The IHPR uses evidence-guided research, training and community outreach to improve the health of those at a disadvantage due to race/ethnicity or social determinants, such as education or income. Visit the IHPR online at

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