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SALSI Health Disparities Research Forum

Funding Source: The UT System (via SALSI)

SUMMARY

In 2003, authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature, the UT System, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio (UTSA) formed the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) to promote greater scientific collaboration between the two institutions. SALSI makes grant funding available to Health Science Center and UTSA faculty. This includes the annual SALSI Health Disparities Research Forum, coordinated by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center, aims to unite those researching health disparities at each institution to stimulate interests and opportunities for future collaboration and communication.

FUNDING

The UT System (via SALSI)

FORUM CHAIR

  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
    IHPR, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

FORUM CO-CHAIRS

  • Brian Herman, PhD
    Vice President for Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Robert Gracy, PhD
    Vice President for Research, UTSA

COLLABORATORS

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • UT San Antonio

LOCATION/SERVICE AREA

San Antonio and the South Texas region

CONCLUSIONS

The 1st SALSI Health Disparities Research Forum was held Sept. 12, 2008, in San Antonio. The meeting, which had participation from several dozen researchers from the Health Science Center and UTSA, featured a keynote speech by Texas demographer Dr. Karl Eschbach and four different panels related to health disparities research: behavioral risk factors; chronic diseases; maternal and child health; and mental health.

The 2nd SALSI Health Disparities Research Forum: Latino Obesity was held May 10, 2011, in San Antonio. The meeting, which had participation from several dozen researchers from the Health Science Center and UTSA, featured speeches by Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter and master chef Mark Erickson, as well as three different panels on programs, interventions and strategies to reduce Latino obesity in Texas and beyond.

PUBLICATIONS

The IHPR issued 1st forum report in November 2008.

The IHPR issued a 2nd forum report in 2011. You also can watch the forum here.