Diabetes and obesity are among the top health priorities along the Texas-Mexico border. Many organizations and programs exist that address these issues. Now the people who staff those programs as well as other health professionals have the opportunity to add another tool to those they already use.
On Friday, April 15, Research!America, along with The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (SRPH), The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth will present a public health advocacy training session from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the A&M Health Science Center’s South Texas Center, located at 701 East Vermont, Suite B, in McAllen, Texas. The session is coordinated by SRPH and will include participation by multiple Rio Grande Valley organizations.
The training session is designed to teach attendees how to be better advocates for their areas of interest in health. The session will highlight the differences between lobbying and advocacy, steps for successful advocacy, learning tools available to research policy makers, and methods to better communicate with policy experts.
Research!America and the schools of public health in Texas bring public health and other health professionals together to form partnerships in combating health problems. The Prevention Research Initiative is part of Research!America, a nonprofit, non-partisan education and advocacy alliance dedicated to making health and scientific research a much higher national priority. For more information about Research!America, visit www.researchamerica.org.

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