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UCLA's Blum Center hosts event on improving health, reducing poverty in Latin America

Date: 04/29/2013
Contact: Enrique Rivero
WHAT:                                 
The newly formed UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, a multidisciplinary institute at UCLA that partners with other organizations to conduct research, develop training programs and promote policy solutions aimed at addressing key social and health-related issues in Latin America, will host a daylong, campus-wide symposium at UCLA.
 
"Informing Responses to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health in Latin America" will feature speakers and panels discussing interdisciplinary efforts in the U.S. and across borders to improve health in the region. Participants will examine the social and economic factors that contribute to health inequalities; differences in approaches to these inequalities; innovative policy and programmatic solutions to reduce poverty and health inequalities; and potential areas for government investment in public health expenditures. 
 
For a detailed symposium schedule and to register, please visit the event website.
 
WHEN:                                 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1
 
WHERE:                              
UCLA's De Neve Commons Lecture Auditorium (map)
351 Charles E. Young Dr. West
 
WHO:                                    
The symposium's keynote speaker will be:
 
Dr. Jaime Sepulveda
Sepulveda, the former director of the National Institutes of Health of Mexico and executive director of UC San Francisco Global Health Sciences, will discuss financing mechanisms to improve health in Latin America.
 
Other speakers and panelists will include:
 
Dr. Michael Rodriguez
Director of the UCLA Blum Center and professor of family medicine
 
Emma Aguila
RAND Center for Latin American Social Policy
 
Dr. Timothy Brewer
UCLA vice provost for interdisciplinary and cross-campus affairs
 
Thomas Coates
Director of the UCLA Center for World Health
 
Linda Delp
Director of UCLA's Labor Occupational Safety and Health program
 
Alessandro Duranti
Dean of the social sciences division, UCLA College of Letters and Science
 
Leo Estrada
Director of the North American Integration and Development Center, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
 
Cindy Fan
UCLA interim vice provost for international studies
 
David Hayes-Bautista
Director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
 
Dr. Jody Heymann
Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
 
Rachel Moran
Dean of the UCLA School of Law
 
Adeline Nyamathi
UCLA associate dean for international research and scholarly activities
 
David Schaberg
Dean of the humanities division, UCLA College of Letters and Science
 
Lara Stemple
Director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA School of Law
 
Roger Waldinger
UCLA distinguished professor of sociology
 
Steven Wallace
Chair of community health sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
 
Scott L. Waugh
UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost
 
  
 
BACKGROUND:                
The UCLA Blum Center takes an interdisciplinary approach toward analyzing the key factors that influence poverty and the social determinants of health in Latin America, including government practices and policies, community action, social justice, human rights, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, foreign policies and more. The center draws on the expertise of schools and colleges across UCLA, including the humanities and social sciences divisions of the College of Letters and Science, the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Fielding School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the School of Dentistry, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Sociology, as well as, the UCLA Center for World Health, the UC Center of Expertise in Women's Health and Empowerment, the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center, the UCLA Latin American Institute, and the UCLA Program on International Migration.
 
PARKING:                           
Parking will available in Structure DD, 409 Charles E. Young Dr. West (map).
Call media contact for parking instructions.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:          
Enrique Rivero, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations
erivero@mednet.ucla.edu | 310-794-2273 | on day of event: 310-597-5768 (cell)      



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