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Border health course begins in Laredo (5/29/97)

Laredo is the home site for a new teaching program designed to acquaint students with environmental health issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The university-level elective course lasts four weeks and is open to medical residents and students and nursing and public health students. Six students began the program June 3. The sponsor is the South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Center, a part of the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative.

The course is led by Claudia Miller, MD, assistant professor of environmental and occupational medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Laredo health professionals, industrial hygienists, sanitarians and community leaders help teach about issues that range from rabies and tuberculosis to air and water pollution. Students stay in Laredo for the course, and visit water treatment facilities, maquiladoras, colonias, and farmacias as part of their study.

(Local coordinators are Joan Engelhardt and Roger Perales. Reach them in Laredo at (210) 728-8898.)

Contact: Jim Barrett (210) 567-2570