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Sen. Bingaman to speak as part of NMSU College of Health and Social Services lecture series

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman is the latest speaker to take part in New Mexico State University's Jeffrey E. and Mary T. Brandon Distinguished Lecture Series on Health Disparities. The event is designed to increase awareness of health disparity issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and will take place from 1-3 p.m. April 11 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

"This is an important event for our border region," said Tilahun Adera, dean of the College of Health and Social Services. "The greatest number of health disparities occurs in populations without ready access to preventive health care. It is our duty and responsibility to educate and help these individuals and their communities."

Bingaman has taken a leadership role in legislation addressing numerous public health issues along the border. He was one of five congressional sponsors of the 1994 law that led to the creation of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.

"The efforts of Sen. Bingaman to create national awareness and political will among our legislators and citizens to address needs along the U.S.-Mexico border have been instrumental in shaping and advancing our bi-national public health agenda," said Jeffrey E. Brandon, a retired professor/former dean of the college and cofounder of the speaker series.

Adera said the speaker series allows the College of Health and Social Services to provide a forum for guest speakers to share their expert knowledge of health disparities, whether that knowledge is through clinical, research, public policy, or other experiences.

"By presenting the Brandon Lecture Series, we can continue to assist our less fortunate populations through the passing on of our knowledge, our skills, our expertise, and perhaps most importantly, our compassion," he said.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Kittleson, head of NMSU's Department of Health Science, at 646-8194.