SEMINAR FOCUSES ON PROVIDING CULTURALLY COMPETENT HEALTH SERVICES TO MEXICAN FAMILIES

August 1, 2001

FORT WORTH, Texasâ??The University of North Texas Health Science Center is sponsoring a seminar about the Mexican culture and Mexican families to help prepare local health care providers for the Third Annual Hispanic Wellness Fair.

The seminar, “Understanding the Mexican Culture: Providing Culturally Competent Health Care Services,” will be held August 3, the day before this yearâ??s Hispanic Wellness Fair. It will be held at the Botanic Garden Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to call (817) 735-5087 to reserve their seats. A fee of $20.00 per person is payable at the door. Continuing education credits will be offered for nurses and social workers.

“This adds a critical dimension to the wellness fair,” said Adela Gonzalez, vice president for strategic and institutional affairs at the health science center. “Itâ??s a unique opportunity for Fort Worthâ??s health and human service providers to learn more about a growing population that is among our most underserved and medically indigent.”

Seminar speakers include Nelly Salgado de Snyder, Ph.D., and Mario R. Venegas. Dr. Snyder is from the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and serves as the health policy advisor to the Office of Mexicans Living Abroad. Venegas coordinates immigrant services in the United States and Mexico. Together, they will offer seminar participants information on Mexican families in the context of their culture. Gonzalez and Barbara Adams from the health science center will also make presentations during the seminar.

The Third Annual Hispanic Wellness Fair will be held Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the West Texas Room at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex. The wellness fair is designed to inform people about the available health services and to provide screening for health risks. The wellness fair will feature immunizations for children, dental and eye exams, screenings for glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer, and information on HIV/AIDS, WIC services, and other social services and programs. The fair is free and open to the public.

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