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Hispanic Heritage Celebration To Stress 'Bridging the Gap in Health Disparities'

NIH will host a Hispanic Heritage Celebration, "Bridging the Gap in Health Disparities," on Friday, Sept. 15 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Speakers include Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, acting NIH director, who will give the welcome; Sonia Mora, coordinator of the Latino Health Initiative, Montgomery County department of health and human services, who will present an update on county services to Hispanics; Dr. Raul Garcia of Boston College, whose talk is titled "Does Oral Health Matter?"; Dr. Jose Szapocznik of the University of Miami, who will discuss "Prevention and Treatment of Troubled Youth"; and Dr. Luis Zayas of Fordham University, who will present "Hispanic Mental Health: Research Findings and Future Directions." A reception will be held in the Visitor Information Center from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Exhibits will be available for viewing at the VIC from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Raymond Mejia,, 496-9972.

STRIDE 2001 Now Recruiting

The Office of Human Resource Management's Human Resource Development Division announces the 2001 STRIDE Program, a 3-year program designed to provide employees with an opportunity for career change and advancement and help NIH meet staffing needs. STRIDE's aim is to provide a combination of on-the-job training, academic courses and selected short-term courses to prepare individuals for placement in targeted professional positions.

To be eligible, you must be employed at NIH under a career or career-conditional appointment for at least 1 year. Applications are being accepted for targeted STRIDE intern positions; for more detailed information about applying, visit Application packages are due by Sept. 15.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do Club is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Monday, Sept. 11. The class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) for 1 hour on Mondays, 6-7 p.m., 1 hour on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., and 1 hour on Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and continue for 2 or 3 months until participants can be integrated into the regular club training. Dues $40 (3 months), $30 uniform. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit the club web site at

Help for New Moms

Returning to work after a having new baby can be difficult, especially for women who choose to breastfeed. In September 1998, NIH started a 2-year pilot program to help nursing mothers make this transition more easily. The NIH Lactation Program has been so successful that in October 2000 it will become a permanent Work and Family Life Center program. Services include: prenatal breastfeeding education classes at various campus locations, phone support while on maternity leave, advice during the first critical weeks, return-to-work consultation, and onsite lactation rooms in buildings 10, 31, 45, 49, Rockledge II, the Neuroscience Research Center, and in a temporary location in the EPN-EPS complex. For more information about the NIH Lactation Program, visit

Scottish Dancing Season Starts

The Scottish Country Dance Society of Washington, D.C., announces the beginning of its fall season in September. Classes are held Monday nights in Bldg. T-39 on the NIH campus. Beginners are welcome; you do not need to be Scottish nor do you need to bring a partner. Scottish Country Dancing is a fun and challenging activity that combines Celtic music with interesting dance formations. For more information, contact Betty Lee Barnes, (202) 966-3595 or Blaine Peet, (301) 942-2831.

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