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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, ray@helix.nih.gov, 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 http://trainingcenter.od.nih.gov/stride.htm. 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 http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

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 http://lactation.od.nih.gov.

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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