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Forum Focuses on Rebuilding Hope and Improving Health in Ethnically Diverse Communities

Friday, June 17, 2005

America Bracho, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized authority in Latino health issues and community organizing, will be the keynote speaker at a “Special Community Health Luncheon” at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  The forum will focus on effective grassroots approaches to improve the physical and mental health of communities affected by racism and poverty.

Bracho currently serves as executive director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention located in Santa Ana, California that works closely with local residents to address health concerns on the community level.  Before coming to the U.S., Bracho earned her medical degree and worked for several years as a physician in her native Venezuela.  After obtaining a masters in public health from the University of Michigan, she created and directed the AIDS program for Latino Family Services in Detroit. 

URMC has collaborated with numerous public, private and community-based organizations to confront the unique threats to health faced by Rochester’s ethnically diverse communities.  A prominent example of this collaboration is Lazos Fuertes, meaning “Strong Ties,” which was created by the URMC’s Department of Psychiatry in partnership with the Ibero-American Action League.  Lazos Fuertes, located at Ibero’s headquarters on E. Main St, is a comprehensive program for providing mental health treatment to Rochester’s Hispanic community. 

WHAT:                       URMC Special Community Health Luncheon

WHEN:                       Wednesday, June 22

TIME:                        12:00 to 1:30 pm

LOCATION:              Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Crittenden Blvd.

This event is open to the media.  Please make arrangements with URMC Public Relations and Communications office.

Media Contact

Mark Michaud

(585) 273-4790

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