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GW launches center to address health disparities in the Latino immigrant community
Date:5/21/2013

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013)Today the George Washington (GW) University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) announced the launch of the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health, a collaboration between SPHHS, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, the Rivera Group, and other community partners. This university-community partnership aims to address public health problems that disproportionately affect Latino communities through research, mutual capacity building and prevention efforts.

"Youth in Latino immigrant communities often struggle with disproportionately high rates of substance use, violence and risky sex occurring together as well as other health disparities that threaten individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods" said Mark Edberg, PhD, director of the Avance Center and an associate professor of prevention and community health at SPHHS. "We hope to better understand the complex factors and social contexts that can lead to these health risks in Latino immigrant communities."

The Avance Center was launched today at the Latino Health Disparities Symposium held at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In addition to unveiling the Avance Center, the symposium highlighted innovative research and kicked off a dialogue on the steps that should be taken in order to find solutions for some of the pressing public health problems that affect many Latino immigrant communities in the United States.

The Center consists of four "Cores" that work together to support the university-community collaboration as a foundation for the development and implementation of a unique health disparities prevention approach, according to Sean D. Cleary, PhD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SPHHS. The Cores include: an Administrative Core that oversees collaboration and manages the center; a Research Core, which includes the intervention research stu
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Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
kfackelmann@gwu.edu
202-994-8354
George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Source:Eurekalert

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