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M. D. Anderson Sponsors Symposium in Honor of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

University of Houston President and Chancellor is Featured Luncheon Speaker

M. D. Anderson News Release 04/06/09

In honor of the 22nd annual National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, the Center for Research on Minority Health at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will host an awards luncheon, to be held at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center Thursday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m.

April was designated National Minority Health Month to bring attention to improving the health of minority populations through the development of programs and policies that eliminate health disparities. Through the initiative of Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D., professor in M. D. Anderson's Health Disparities Research Department and director of Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH), the third full week of April was officially designated in 1987 by the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 119 as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (NMCAW)

The luncheon will honor community-based organizations and individuals for their positive impact on minority health and health disparities in local minority and underserved communities. This year's luncheon features keynote speaker Renu Khator, Ph.D., University of Houston president and chancellor of the UH System. "It is truly an honor to have Dr. Khator as our keynote as CRMH enters its second decade of addressing the issue of minority health and health disparities locally, regionally and nationally," said Jones. Khator's speech entitled "Health Disparities: Change is Here and Now" will pay tribute to national efforts to raise awareness of health disparities.

Khator, UH's first female chancellor, oversees a system that mobilizes more than 59,000 students and manages an annual operating budget of more than $1 billion. In the fall of 2009, the UH main campus will host as part of its curriculum, "Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice." The course was developed by the Health Disparities Education, Awareness, Research & Training Consortium (HDEART), which engages more than 30 national health care organizations.

In an effort to unite organizations, individuals and the nation on a progressive movement for change in health disparities, CRMH has taken a leading role in addressing the health care issues facing minorities, and continues to work toward social justice as the first congressionally-mandated center outside the federal government. "We look forward to helping close the gap in health disparities in Houston, the state of Texas and the nation," said Jones.

The annually recognized week provides an opportunity for health care professionals and community champions to target high-risk populations with progressive approaches to eradicating cancer. CRMH has partnered with the African American, Native American, Asian American and Hispanic American health coalitions, to focus on minority health during National Minority Health Month. Conferences, symposiums, roundtable meetings and health-related screenings will take place throughout Houston in support of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.

For ticket information or a list of coalition-sponsored activities, please contact Kelly P. Hodges at 713-563-2752 or visit the Web site. 04/06/09

 


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