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Community health improvement courses planned

New Mexico State University's Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) and Luna Community College's Montanas del Notre Area Health Education Center (AHEC) invite all health care providers and students to participate in community health improvement courses in Las Cruces and Santa Fe in January.

st course of the Community Health Improvement Training Institute (CHITI), "Environmental Health," will discuss ways in which to assess the environmental factors that impact health in the community. The class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Fe, and Friday, Jan. 16, at the Mesilla Park Recreation Center in Las Cruces.

The second course, "Health Disparities," will discuss the kind of disparities existing in the community and ways to address them. The course is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Mesilla Park Recreation Center in Las Cruces and Friday, Jan. 30, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Fe.

Each course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments and lunch will be provided. All classes are free but pre-registration is required.

Continuing education credit will be offered in social work, counseling, health education and nursing to health care professionals attending the courses. College credit through New Mexico State University also will be offered. Classes will be taught by Department of Health employees.

CHITI is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health's Public Health Division and Improving Health Initiative.

For more information on courses to be held in Las Cruces, contact Sally Meisenhelder, SoAHEC, at (505) 646-3441, Ext. 24, or smeisenh@nmsu.edu. For more information on the courses to be held in Santa Fe, contact Diana Abeyta, Montanas del Norte AHEC, at (505) 454-5367.