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Former Metropolitan Health head Fernando Guerra to speak at UTSA Nov. 8


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(Nov. 3, 2011) -- The UTSA Center for Research and Training in the Sciences will present Fernando Guerra, former director of San Antonio Metropolitan Health, speaking on "An Overview of Our Community's Health: A Paradox of Success and Disappointment" at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Multipurpose Room (2.102) on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During his tenure at Metro Health, Guerra oversaw the operation of 32 health-care facilities throughout San Antonio and Bexar County. He instituted improvements in the immunization program, created a model immunization registry and established a vaccine study center. His leadership helped raise the stature of San Antonio as a center of public health excellence and brought recognition to Metropolitan Health as one of the top local health departments in the country.

Throughout his medical career, Guerra has held top leadership positions in local, regional and national organizations. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine advisory committee. His current memberships include the Institute of Medicine, Public Health Accreditation Board and Urban Institute Board of Trustees.

Guerra is now a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio after a 23-year career with San Antonio Metropolitan Health. He also is an adjunct professor in public health at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base and in management policy and community health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

Guerra is a frequent contributor to medical literature in the areas of immunizations, community health, health disparities and other public issues. His career reflects a long-standing dedication to improving health-care systems for infants, women, children and the elderly. As a civic leader, Guerra has been active in research, public health programs, policy development, legislative issues and health planning.

He was the principal investigator of numerous vaccine clinical trials, remains active in the practice of pediatrics and continues to provide public health and policy consultation for Metropolitan Health and the City of San Antonio.

A recipient of numerous accolades for his service and contributions to public health, Guerra most recently was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Job Lewis Smith Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a master's of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health, where he was a Kellogg fellow.

The UTSA presentation is sponsored by the Center for Research and Training in the Sciences, (CRTS), Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) and the UTSA College of Sciences.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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