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Public Health Grand Rounds Series talk

Friday, January 27, 2012
12:00 AM
1655, School of Public Health, 1415 Washington Heights.

Public Health Grand Rounds Series talk

The Michigan Public Health Training Center and the Office of Public Health in the University of Michigan-School of Public Health present a Public Health Grand Rounds Series talk: "Health Disparities and Inequalities Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Challenges and Opportunities" with Suad Ghaddar, PhD (Associate Director, South Texas Border Health Disparities Center, University of Texas-Pan American). Save a Seat: http://bit.ly/tHH2GJ All are welcome! Border health involves a complex array of issues that range from the local to the international. The U.S.-Mexico border population possesses unique characteristics relative to the national population. These characteristics contribute to health disparities and represent key public health challenges. Binational health is additionally challenged because it involves two separate public health systems that have different perspectives on protocols, treatment, and prevention. The U.S. Mexico border is a heavily crossed border that includes crossings for day trips to longer term stays. Migration between countries suggests that infectious diseases can be easily transported from one country to another. People from each side of the border utilize health care services on the other side of the border. How do these factors affect the health of a community? What are the rising health issues on the Texas-Mexico border? What disparities in health exist in the region? How are they being addressed? What are the public health challenges facing border communities? What does health in border communities mean for the nation? Suad Ghaddar is currently Associate Director at the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). She holds degrees from the American University of Beirut (BBA, MBA) and The University of Texas-Pan American (PhD). In her current position, Dr. Ghaddar focuses on advancing the center's mission of promoting health disparities research by encouraging faculty involvement through center-sponsored grants and training opportunities. Her research interests include U.S.-Mexico border economic and health issues, chronic disease prevention programs, and the use of community health workers (promotores de salud) in health promotion and education. Dr. Ghaddar's current research focuses on understanding and improving health literacy to address health disparities, targeting the school system and the workplace as potential intervention points. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of School Health and the Pan American Journal of Public Health, among others. Who should attend? Students, faculty and others on campus interested in Latino policy issues. School of Public Health graduate students, especially those in PHAST (Public Health Action Support Team). For further information: http://www.mitrainingcenter.org | mphtc@umich.edu | 734/615-9439.