For Immediate Release
May 8, 2012
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City of Seat Pleasant and School of Public Health to Tackle Health Disparities
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland School of Public Health will host more than 100 seniors and high school students from Seat Pleasant, Md., for a half-day summit to develop strategies to combat diabetes and other chronic diseases in this community.
The third annual Seat Pleasant Health Summit on May 11 is the result of an ongoing partnership between the city and the university's Prevention Research Center to reduce health disparities in this predominantly African-American community. It is chronically underserved by health-care providers and resources, and has disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension, as well as HIV/AIDS.
"The health summit reflects the school's commitment to engaging the community in the effort to solve public health challenges, and demonstrates the important relationship we've developed with our Prince George's County neighbors," says Dean Robert Gold. "We hope that some of the Seat Pleasant high school students will be inspired to pursue education and careers in public health fields by participating in this event."
Seat Pleasant residents will join university faculty, students and staff in a series of mini-workshops on diabetes, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, high blood pressure and exercise. For the first time, some of the school's other leading research centers, including the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and the Center for Healthy Families, as well as the Department of Kinesiology, which will be leading the exercise session, and the University Health Center, which will lead the session on nutrition, are involved in the summit.
Eugene W. Grant, mayor of Seat Pleasant, has called for the annual summits to address some of the most challenging health conditions in the region. He and center Director Bradley Boekeloo, have organized two previous summits held in Seat Pleasant that focused on health advocacy. Last year, after a daylong program involving community, government and university stakeholders, the Seat Pleasant-University of Maryland Health Partnership held a community town-hall meeting attended by residents. This year, the summit will take place for the first time on the University of Maryland campus.
Members of the media are welcomed to cover this event and can park at any metered spot near the School of Public Health (see directions below).
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