April 27, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 17

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Gerontologist speaks on Capitol Hill

A UTHSC faculty member spoke April 27 in the nation's capital at a congressional seminar on health promotion in older Americans.

Dr. Toni P. Miles, professor of family and community medicine, discussed chronic disease and barriers to preventive care during the Living Longer, Staying Well: Promoting Good Health for Older Americans seminar in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington. The seminar addressed the fact that although Americans are living longer, a significant number of seniors face chronic health problems, disabilities and economic stress.

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) invited Dr. Miles and other experts to speak.

"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 during her presentation.


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