George Washington University Will Hold Annual Latino Health Conference

Media Contact: Kathy Fackelmann, 202-994-8354,

WASHINGTON, DC (September 15, 2014)—Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University will hold a conference on September 25 to highlight the disproportionate health challenges faced by many Latino communities and families--with a focus on possible solutions. Please join the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health for an opportunity to learn more about health disparities that affect the Latino community as well as innovative projects and studies that seek to address these disparities.

The September 25 event features a welcome by Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Public Health at Milken Institute SPH, and an address by Mark Edberg, PhD, director of the Avance Center, an exploratory research center on health disparities funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The Avance Center is currently working collaboratively with Latino organizational partners to understand and address specific public health issues that threaten immigrant Latino communities.

The plenary session will include an expert panel to present innovations in community engagement strategies for the elimination of health disparities. The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on a number of serious health issues, including untreated mental illness, substance abuse, gender-based violence and teen pregnancy. The breakout sessions will also highlight emerging paradigms and technologies to address pressing health problems, such as mobile technology solutions, comprehensive models of integrated healthcare and positive youth development programs.

The Avance Center, a partnership between Milken Institute SPH, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, the Rivera Group and other community groups, was established in 2012 to better understand and address health disparities that affect immigrant/refugee communities, including substance abuse, sex risk and violence.

EVENT:     Latino Health Disparities Conference

WHEN:     September 25, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:   Milken Institute School of Public Health
                    First Floor Convening Center
                    950 New Hampshire Avenue
                    Washington, DC 20052

MEDIA: Contact Kathy Fackelmann to register at 202-994-8354 or


About Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University: Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, nearly 1,400 students from almost every U.S. state and more than 43 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MHA@GW, which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.