September 26, 2003

FilAm Seminar Aims to Close Health Gap

UCSD’s auditorium in Hillcrest will be the venue of a seminar on cultural awareness and strategies in addressing the health problems the Filipino Americans face locally and nationwide.

The event promises to be a whole day affair of presentation, education, fun and interactive discussion. The date to remember is Oct. 11, 2003. It is scheduled on a Saturday by the organizers – the Kalusugan Community Services (KCS) and the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County (PNASD), purposely to enable working people to avail themselves of the opportunity to attend. Such will also avoid the hustle of fighting traffic in downtown San Diego.

Inaugurated November of last year, the KCS’s unique FilAm Wellness Center in National City is now in the forefront of improving the health and well being of FilAms and other underserved groups. Its collaborating PNASD was founded in 1974 to further professionalize and empower the nurses..

After a continental breakfast, introductions by Steve Eldred of The California Endowment, Marita Ferrer of the Philippine Nurses Association and Riz A. Oades of the Kalusugan Community Services will follow.

Cristina Regalado, will deliver the keynote address. She is the Vice president of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation. She will give an update on what the Foundation is doing in terms of meeting the health needs of the diverse populations in California.

The mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer problems of FilAms will be presented by Patricia Heras, a psychologist; Dr. Maria Rosario Araneta, assistant professor; Melen Mc-Bride, a nurse educator; and Dr. Maria Lourdes Reyes, physician, respectively.

The facts, myths and bridging the cultural gaps in the lives of FilAms will be tackled by Juanita Nacu, Ed.D. She is the initiator of a project called Heart to Heart, a civic organization that aims to narrow the intergenerational gap between parents and their American born children.

A panel presentation will come next. Up close and personal with FilAm patients, effective health programs, sources of data and effective collaboration will be discussed by Carmen Galang, DrNS; Martha Jazo, MPH; Peggy Toy, Director of UCLA’s Health Data Programs; and Dana Richardson, MPH and Manager of Community Services, Paradise Valley Hospital, respectively.

Before adjournment, an evaluation and the drawing of door prizes will follow the stretch break of Gilda Martinez, MS. Exhibitors include the Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC), KCS, PNASD, Aging and Independence Services, South Region Public Health of the County of San Diego, and several big pharmaceutical companies.

Contact persons are Marita Ferrer (619) 421-8882, Dr. Ofelia Dirige (619) 477-3392 and Emma Abutin (619) 477-3392.

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