March 1, 2001
Volume XXXV, No. 9



School of Nursing research colloquium hailed as success

PHOTO (Left to right) University of Michigan Ph.D. student Sandra Hines, MESA-CP coordinator Dr. Carolyn Sampselle and Dean Janet Allan lead discussions at the School of Nursing's first student-focused research colloquium, "Minority Health and Health Disparities: Intervention Directed to Promoting Health Protective Behavior."

The School of Nursing held its first all student-focused research colloquium on Feb. 6. The theme was "Minority Health and Health Disparities: Intervention Directed to Promoting Health Protective Behavior." More than 400 faculty members, students, staff and guests from the Health Science Center, Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, the University of Michigan and the San Antonio community participated.

The research colloquium, based on the Health Science Center's Hispanic Health Initiatives Summit held last October, was devoted to exploring issues and discussing strategies surrounding the development and implementation of intervention research directed to address minority health and health disparities. The UTHSC's and the University of Michigan School of Nursing's "Michigan En San Antonio Collaborative Project" (MESA-CP) was presented and discussed. Attendees learned about women's health studies conducted in Michigan, with rationale for extension of the intervention studies to Hispanic women living in San Antonio. They also learned about preliminary findings from a prepilot study being carried out at the UTHSC by faculty and students.

Attendees also had the opportunity to view poster presentations by students and faculty members that related to the colloquium topic. A panel, including Dr. Pat Walker, National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research; Dr. Kathleen Stevens, Sigma Theta Tau International; Megan Kromer, Kronkosky Foundation, and Roberto Villarreal, South Texas Health Research Center, provided information about accessing resources for minority health research.

Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing, said an entire school-focused research colloquium would become an annual event.