UTHSC gerontologist to speak on Capitol Hill this week
A faculty member from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio (UTHSC) will speak in the nation’s capital Friday at a congressional seminar
on health promotion in older Americans.
Toni P. Miles, M.D., Ph.D., professor of family
and community medicine at the Health Science Center, will discuss chronic
disease and barriers to preventive care during the Living Longer, Staying
Well: Promoting Good Health for Older Americans seminar Friday morning in
the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. The seminar addresses the fact
that although Americans are living longer, a significant number of those age 65
and older face chronic health problems, disabilities and economic stress.
The Consortium of Social Science Associations
(COSSA) invited Dr. Miles to speak, along with Frank Stafford, Ph.D., of The
University of Michigan and Mark Hayward, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State
“There is speculation, but little data, that
unstable health care institutions and their policies pose a formidable barrier
to the delivery of wellness programs to older minority adults,” Dr. Miles said.
She will identify the points in these institutions where preventive care is
obstructed for persons with chronic disease. By lowering these barriers, she
contends, the nation can create cost-effective policies to promote wellness.
Miles will present “Chronic Disease and the Policies that Bind.”
COSSA is an advocacy organization supported by
more than 105 professional associations, scientific societies, universities and
research institutes that promotes attention to and federal funding for the
social, behavioral and economic sciences.
Contact: Will Sansom