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Karl Eschbach
Karl Eschbach
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UTSA, HSC join on health disparities research

By Karen Stamm
Project Coordinator, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

(Sept. 25, 2008)--The desire to collaborate on health disparities research attracted nearly 80 faculty and administrators from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UTSA to a half-day conference Sept. 12 at the UTHSC Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC). The sponsor for the Health Disparities Research Forum was the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), formed to promote greater scientific collaboration between the two institutions.

More than a dozen investigators gave presentations on projects ranging from alternative medicine in maternal and child health to community-based interventions for prevention of obesity and diabetes in adults. Opening speaker Karl Eschbach, Texas State Demographer and UTSA associate professor of demography, raised questions about the health impact of demographic changes that Texas will experience in the coming 20 years.

"By 2030, Latinos will likely be a majority of the state's population," said Eschbach. "This group has low rates of health insurance coverage. At the same time, the aging Anglo population will put increasing demand on the Medicare system. Financing quality health care for the people of Texas will be a challenge."

The Institute for Health Promotion Research in the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine hosted the event. Director Amelie G. Ramirez, D.P.H., noted, "We have a community in great need, and it's important for local researchers to prioritize the issues where we can really make a difference in South Texas."

To be added to the SALSI mailing list for information on other events, contact the institute at (210) 562-6500.

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