The national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month is set annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the achievements of Hispanic Americans and their rich contributions to the heritage of the nation.
For 1997, the Hispanic heritage observance committee is planning a health symposium, health fair and culinary festival for Monday, Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Clinical Center. The theme is "Opening Doors to Foster Health in the Hispanic Community." Hispanic youth and Hispanic senior citizens as well as the NIH community are invited to attend. The lobby and the Visitor Information Center of Bldg. 10 have been reserved for ICD exhibits and for distribution of health information. Approximately 800 Hispanic participants are expected. In addition, keynote speaker Dr. Samuel Betances will discuss "Hispanic Health Issues in the United States" in Masur Auditorium. During the month, GSI cafeterias will be serving Heart Healthy Latino dishes from NHLBI's Stay Young at Heart program.
For the Sept. 15 kickoff in Bldg. 10's B1 cafeteria, GSI chefs will demonstrate preparation of the recipes and Lilo Gonzalez's band, "Los de la Mount Pleasant," will perform during the lunch period. That afternoon, Drs. Elmer Huerta and Hector Balcazar will make presentations on the Salud Para Su Corazon program, the NHLBI Latino Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Outreach Initiative in Masur Auditorium. NICHD, NIDA, NIMH and NIAAA have been invited to present information on their initiatives and outreach efforts to the Hispanic community. All ICDs are invited to set up exhibits and disseminate information in the Clinical Center; to reserve exhibit space, call Jacqueline Alonzo, 6-1877.
Finally, the planning committee and the NIH Hispanic Employee Organization have teamed with the Calcium Interest Group to sponsor a lecture by Dr. L. Birnbaumer of UCLA on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. They have also joined with the Drug Discovery Interest Group to sponsor a lecture by Dr. Antonio Fojo of NCI on Monday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in Masur.
Sign language interpretation will be provided for all sessions. For reasonable accommodations, contact Carlton Coleman, 6-2906 or 2-8014 (tty). For more information on heritage observance activities, contact John Medina, 6-9281.
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