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Save-the-Date: October 24-26, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia

NIDA Health Disparities Conference Scheduled
“Bridging Science & Culture To Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities”
What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse will join with other national, state and community-based health care providers and experts across all fields at this 2 and ½-day conference, to address a wide-range of issues related to drug use and addiction in racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity populations.
Why: The goal of the President’s Race and Health Initiative is to eliminate the disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations in six areas of health status by the year 2010. Compelling evidence that race and ethnicity correlate with persistent, and often increasing, health disparities among U.S. populations demands national attention. Indeed, despite notable progress in the overall health of the Nation, there are continuing disparities in the burden of illness and death experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders, compared with the U.S. population as a whole. Recent and anticipated demographic changes magnify the importance of addressing health disparities in all areas, including drug abuse, prevention, and treatment initiatives that address these gaps in a culturally meaningful way.
When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 24-26, 2005
Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta 265 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303
Info: Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend:
  • Morning plenary sessions on genetics research, health disparities, HIV/AIDS, the criminal justice system, and community based models to address drug use in racial/ethnic minority populations.
  • Afternoon sessions on prevention, treatment, research careers, pharmacology, rural communities, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice and many other topics relevant to addiction in health disparity populations.
  • Poster Session and a Grants Development Workshop.
At the end of the conference participants will be able to describe recent drug abuse research findings including epidemiology, neuroscience, and HIV/AIDS in health disparity populations. Participants also will be able to discuss prevention, treatment and services programs that show promise in minority and other health disparity populations.

Reporters who wish to attend should call the NIDA Press Office, tel. 301-443-6245. All others seeking conference information and wishing to register should e-mail: jrichardson@encoreinc.com.

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