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Vol. LVII, No. 22
November 4, 2005

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'Strong, Colorful Threads'
NIH Observes Hispanic Heritage Month

NIH recently paid tribute to the talents and accomplishments of its Hispanic community with several special events, adopting the 2005 nationwide theme for Hispanic Heritage Month, "Hispanic Americans: Strong and Colorful Threads in the American Fabric." The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Oct. 5 welcomed Dr.Margarita Alegria on the topic "Matching Services to Need: The Importance of Health Services Research for Reducing Disparities." NIH also hosted the Sept. 15 HHS Hispanic Forum that highlighted best practices in recruitment, outreach and retention. The sixth annual Hispanic Scientist Day on Oct. 6 concluded the celebration with talks by Drs. Ofelia Olivero and Teresa Estrada of NCI and Ana Chepelinsky of FIC, followed by a poster session in Lipsett Amphitheater.

At the Sept. 21 kickoff event, guest speakers (from l) Dr. Jose Tarcisio M. Carneiro of the HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center, Dr. Maria Warda of Georgia Southwestern State University, Dr. Helen Hazuda of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and Dr. Enrique Caballero of Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center, discussed health progress and challenges facing the Latino community, including such issues as obesity and diabetes.
Hispanic Employees Organization executive board president Dr. Ofelia Olivero (second from l) and president-elect Dr. Migdalia Rivera-Goba (r) congratulate several longtime NIH'ers (from l) Raymond Mejia, Dr. Arlyn Garcia Perez, Dr. Carlos Caban and Dr. Francisco Calvo for helping to create the NIH-HEO.
Members of Raices de Borinquen perform a Puerto Rican cultural dance.
An ethnic food tasting offers delights to the palate following the program.

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