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Community Enjoys Health Forum

Attendees at the second annual "Share the Health: An Exposition of Health Resources from NIH to Its Neighbors" on Nov. 6 were treated to a wealth of knowledge from NIH's many resources at the Natcher Conference Center. The day kicked off with a welcome from Janyce Hedetniemi, director of the Office of Community Liaison, and greetings from NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. Rep. Connie Morella, the keynote speaker, encouraged participants to take advantage of NIH's resources, which could be found "in their own backyard."

On hand for the health forum were (from l) Dr. Judith Fradkin of NIDDK, Dr. Gilman Grave of NICHD, NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, and Rep. Connie Morella. On hand for the health forum were (from l) Dr. Judith Fradkin of NIDDK, Dr. Gilman Grave of NICHD, NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, and Rep. Connie Morella.

Seminars were offered by Dr. Paul Plotz of NIAMS on arthritis, Dr. Steven Warach of NINDS and Dr. Gene Passamani of Suburban Hospital on the NIH/Suburban Hospital MRI Stroke Center, Dr. Judith Fradkin of NIDDK on diabetes, and Dr. Gilman Grave of NICHD on nutrition. Exhibitors from various NIH institutes and offices provided useful brochures and information to event participants. Visitors were also able to engage in dance and movement with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. An information resources room provided tutorials on NIH Web sites and a demonstration of the new clinical trials database.

Morella greets visitors Kenneth and Frances Nathanson of Bethesda. Morella greets visitors Kenneth and Frances Nathanson of Bethesda.

The Office of Community Liaison thanks all of the institutes and offices that participated in this event and the many individuals who volunteered their time to make the health forum a success.

Melanie Modlin (l) of NLM assists a health forum participant Melanie Modlin (l) of NLM assists a health forum participant.

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