College of Liberal Arts

Conference to Focus on Key Issues in Hispanic Health and Healthcare Policy Research

Mon, Aug 23, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The Faculty and students from the Department of Sociology, Population Research Center and LBJ School of Public Affairs will present new research at the International Conference on Aging in the Americas Sept. 15-17 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Scheduled during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the annual conference is the fourth installment in the Conference Series on Aging in the Americas, a speaker series on aging in the Hispanic population established in 2001 at The University of Texas at Austin. This year's conference will focus on the topic "Issues of Disability, Caregiving and Long-term Care Policy."

The conference, coordinated by Jacqueline Angel, professor of sociology and public policy, will focus on developing new research on ensuring healthful aging of Hispanic Americans to inform health care policy.

“Latinos, who are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the country, are re-shaping the demographic composition of the United States,” said Angel, a faculty affiliate of the Population Research Center. “This conference comes at a time when it is critical to understand how social, biological, and behavioral factors work in concert to create unique patterns of aging for this underserved and understudied ethnic group.”

Speakers include Mark Hayward, professor of sociology and director of the Population Research Center, who will deliver the opening keynote address; Luis Miguel Gutierrez, director of the National Mexican Institute on Aging; and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health.

The conference will also feature a poster session for students conducting research on social, psychological and biological factors that impact the health and long-term care of Hispanic elders.



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