UK Hosts National Health Conference

Contact: Carl Nathe

 

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Workshops, presentations, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions will highlight research and programs developed and implemented by Cooperative Extension representatives and their federal, state and local partners.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2005) -- More than 200 experts from all disciplines of health care, as well as representatives of universities, government and the private sector are joining Cooperative Extension professionals in Lexington this week as the University of Kentucky plays host to the 2005 Priester Extension National Health Conference. The conference runs for four days, from Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 15, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Lexington.

Focusing on the theme, “Translating Research into Policy and Practice for Healthier Communities,” the conference features speakers ranging from the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), John C. Nelson, to Terry Nipp, executive director of the National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS). Topics to be addressed include health literacy, food security, the rural health care shortage, telemedicine and more.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. will speak during the opening session Tuesday afternoon. “This conference provides participants with a great opportunity to build skills and knowledge in health programming and research, develop new partnerships and strengthen existing ones, and find new ideas and resources to stimulate health promotion in communities across the Commonwealth and around the nation,” said Todd. “We’re justifiably proud of the role that UK is playing as we work to find solutions to some of our most pressing health issues.”

Workshops, presentations, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions will highlight research and programs developed and implemented by Cooperative Extension representatives and their federal, state and local partners. The programs educate community members about preventive care, risky health behavior avoidance, and positive health behaviors to prevent and/or manage chronic illnesses, as well as addressing such issues as community health infrastructure, and health care access and quality.

For more information on the National Priester Extension Health Conference, visit www.nnh.org and click on the conference icon.


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