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HOT Projects presentations to be held

The Health-Oriented Themes (HOT) Projects Student Presentation will be held at New Mexico State University from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Corbett Center Otero Room.

rogram provides funding for projects that otherwise may not have been able to be done," said Larry Olsen, associate dean of the College of Health and Social Services. "They contribute to the health and quality of life along the border through student initiatives."

There will be eight poster presentations this year:
? "Assessing Sexual Risk Beliefs and Self-Efficacy to Condom Use," by Luis Solis.
? "Implementing a Pilot Environmental Teaching Health Module to third grade class in Sunland Park, N.M.," by Erica Benedicto.
? "A Quantitative Analysis of the Effect(s) of HbA1C Levels on Re-Amputation due to Type II Diabetes with a Selected Mexican American Population" by Syeda Nargis.
? "Cost Effective Arsenic Removal from Groundwater for Rural Border Communities" by Tim Jobe.
? "Mind-Body Connections in the Classroom" by Charity Berg.
? "Water Use in the El Paso Del Norte Area: Photo Documentary" by Michelle Marusek.
? "Youth Gang and Gang-Related Violence Prevention: A Series of Workshops" by Eryka Garcia.
? "Victimization of Pregnant Women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and its Association to Low Birth Weight and Premature Infants" by John Moraros.

HOT Projects is an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF), whose goal is to improve the health and wellness of the people who live in West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, through education and prevention.

The program provides grants to students whose research in health-related fields will benefit the area. This is the fifth and final year of the program, but Olsen says the purpose of HOT Projects is for the students to use the projects as pilot studies as an extension for more studies through other sources of funding.

Olsen said four of the projects are being presented in other forums, including the European Region of International Union for Health Promotion and Education Conference this June in Stockholm, Sweden.