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NMSU to host New Mexico Public Health Association annual conference in April

After more than a decade removed from Las Cruces, the New Mexico Public Health Association annual conference will return next month. New Mexico State University will host the conference titled “Public Health Beyond Borders: History, Intersections and Solutions” April 11-13 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

“The NMPHA annual conference has a long history and is the only conference in the state that focuses on public health issues through a broad and inclusive perspective that draws professionals from various fields,” said Satya Rao, public health sciences professor and conference organizer. “The conference is very significant for public health officials and all others engaged in working intersectionally on public health issues, social determinants, quality of life concerns, and integrating strategies that help improve the health and well-being of our communities and residents throughout the state and across the region.”

The preconference workshop will be April 11 and registration is available online at http://www.nmpha.org/Pre-Conference-Workshops-April-11-2016. The two-day conference, April 12-13, includes daily speakers, keynote presentations each morning, concurrent sessions during the morning and afternoon, poster session for students and professionals and an award luncheon. To register for the conference visit http://www.nmpha.org/event-2140490.

“The opportunity to bring people to our dynamic U.S.-Mexico border is exciting. Over the course of the conference, we will have many people presenting about different public health issues occurring in the region as well as programs and interventions that have been developed to address many issues in our border region,” said Sue Forster-Cox, public health sciences associate professor and conference organizer. “Plus, we have a large number of students from NMSU, UTEP and UNM who will be sharing aspects of their research during concurrent sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as through poster presentations on Tuesday afternoon.”

The keynote speaker on April 12 will be Maya Schinwar, journalist, author and editor-in-chief of Truthout.org. She will give a presentation titled “Criminal justice and public health: Vital intersections and transformative opportunities.”

Beti Thompson, member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division, and professor in the School of Public Health and Community medicine at the University of Washington, will be the keynote speaker on April 13. Her presentation is titled “Cancer Disparities and Implications to Border Communities, Hispanics, and Native Americans.”

In addition to the continuing educational credits, Rao said she hopes attendees leave with ideas on how to improve public health in the state.

“First, we hope the conference reinforces the message that public health is interdisciplinary, interdependent and intersectional,” she said. “Second, that these characteristics are reflected in the everyday hard work of public health practitioners, researchers, academicians, advocates and activists across the state and in the region. Finally, that these intersectional public health initiatives and programs within, across, and beyond geographical borders continue to improve health and well-being of people and the communities they live in.”

For more information on the conference including a complete agenda visit http://www.nmpha.org.