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U.S. Surgeon General to Speak at PCC-Sponsored Conference

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PORTLAND – Portland Community College will do its part to help educate health care professionals about caring for a diverse community. PCC is co-sponsoring the Eighth Annual Multicultural Health Conference on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel in Portland. It will feature U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher delivering keynote remarks. The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Health Division is also sponsoring the annual multicultural conference.

The conference is targeted at health and social service professionals, community partners, and government and community-based agencies that provide services to multicultural communities. Policy and decision-makers, racial and ethnic leaders and organizations, health care providers and professionals, public health professionals, community advocates and leaders and health providers are encouraged to attend.

Other notable speakers include Oregon Sen. Avel Gordly who will speak about the state of racial and ethnic health in Oregon, Dr. Lovetta Brown who is the first African American regional health administrator in Mississippi, and Terry Tafoya, a Native American storyteller of Tamanawit Unlimited, will also be on hand.

The conference will feature interactive workshops on a broad range of topics, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, improving outreach into communities of color, working with churches to create healthy communities, health and healing across cultures, new skills for multicultural services related to HIV/AIDS, and overcoming language barriers to health care.

The cost to register is $175 per person. For more information, check out the Web site, or call Laura J. Brennan, coordinator of education development and business training at PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals, at 503-731-6628. To register for the conference, call PCC at 503-731-6633.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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