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NMSU to host Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research conference Sept. 11

The New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services will host the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research 2015 Conference: Academic-Community Partnerships to Address Health Disparities in the Border Region from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Pete V. Domenici Hall Yates Theater. The event is free and open to the public.


?Last year?s conference focused on bringing together NMSU faculty interested in working across disciplines on research related to health disparities in the border region. As a result, interdisciplinary teams targeting adolescent and child health, aging, obesity, and trauma or violence issues formed and have been working together throughout the year,? said Jill McDonald, director of the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research at NMSU.

?This year the conference is focused on how NMSU faculty, staff and students can work more effectively with community experts who are also committed to these and other health issues in the region,? she said.

The SWIHDR conference will include speakers with a variety of perspectives on academic - community partnerships, opportunity for discussion with the audience, and breakout sessions on translating data into policy, developing inter-institutional public health collaboration in New Mexico, engaging students in research, and introductions to data mining and community mapping. In addition, breakouts on healthy aging, adolescent and child health, obesity, and violence and trauma will be hosted by the SWIHDR interdisciplinary teams.

A meet and greet poster session also will be held in the hour preceding the conference from 12-1 p.m. in the Domenici Hall Atrium. The work of the interdisciplinary research teams will be on display. Attendees also can check in during this hour.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at http://health.nmsu.edu/swihdr/2015-swihdr-conference/.

McDonald said she hopes that attendees of last year?s event will return and that community organizations, health care providers and health departments will be well represented at the 2015 conference.

?We?d also like to encourage attendance by students and faculty who would like to learn more about community-engaged research and how they might become involved,? McDonald said.

For more information contact Anna Martin at aemartin@nmsu.edu.