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September 16, 2008

Contact: Tatiana Guerra
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NHCSL RECONVENED HISPANIC STATE LEGISLATORS AT THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE
Members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators addressed Cardiovascular Disease, Atherosclerosis and Mental Health in the Latino Community

Washington, DC/Wilmington, DE – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) reconvened in Wilmington, Delaware on September 11-13 at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana for NHCSL’s Sixth Annual Health Disparities Conference. The conference gave the legislators an opportunity to share their progress and efforts being made to reduce the health care gap in the Hispanic community. This year NHCSL members focused on the impact of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis in our community and a panel of experts on mental health addressed prevention, education, cultural competence and best practices during engaging and informative discussions.

The 2008 Health Disparities Conference kicked-off with remarks from Representative Joseph E. Miró (DE), President of the NHCSL, who welcomed attendees to his home state “NHCSL Health Disparities Conferences are extremely important for NHCSL as is here where we generate new policy solutions and we set standards of health care excellence for our community, by establishing better comprehensive health policies and launching nationwide initiatives, we can eradicate racial and ethnic disparities from our health system” stated Representative Miró.

During the conference the legislators also received a historical overview on health topics discussed at previous NHCSL’s Health Disparities conferences and had the opportunity to report on the benefits and knowledge gained. In addition, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals hosted the members of NHCSL at their headquarters in Wilmington for an overview of AstraZeneca Hispanic Networking Employee Group and a tour of their Research & Development facilities.

The Annual Health Disparities Leadership Awards were presented on Friday, September 12th to Representative Rene Garcia (FL), Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT) and Senator Roberto Arango (PR) for their exceptional commitment to addressing health disparities in their local communities. The awards were presented by Representative Joseph E. Miró who commended the recipients for being examples of exceptional leadership and collaboration “it is imperative that all Hispanic legislators work together to address inequalities in health care in order to successfully impact legislation, as leaders we must work toward health care equality for our communities and through collaboration we will be able to close the gap on health disparities” said Representative Miró. Among the high ranking officials, NHCSL was honored with the participation of Dr. Joxel Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who provided the keynote address at the Awards dinner.

This conference was made possible by AstraZeneca
 

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The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.

 

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