While the goal might sound simple, the challenge is acutely serious for those who will take part in the Campus-Community Partnerships for Health conference, set for Friday, Sept. 25 at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Southern Miss Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, in conjunction with the Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center, is sponsoring the regional seminar from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center. There is no registration fee.
Vickie Reed, intervention coordinator in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, said the conference provides a prime opportunity for community members, health professionals, plus university faculty and staff to discuss definitive methods in helping Mississippians become healthier.
“Campus-community partnerships are invaluable when it comes to accessing and addressing health issues that we face as Mississippians; including issues related to obesity, poor nutrition and lack of physical activity,” said Reed. “These three issues alone are major contributors that lead to chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes, resulting in a tremendous burden on the healthcare system in our state.”
The seminar is designed for university researchers, service-learning departments, volunteerism departments, community agencies, municipal leaders, healthcare personnel, churches, faith-based organizations and school representatives.
Featured speakers include, Dr. Kathy Yadrick, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at Southern Miss; Dr. Bill Reger-Nash from West Virginia University; Dr. Jamie Zoellner from Virginia Tech University and Dr. Melicia C. Whitt-Glover from Gramercy Research Group.
“This conference highlights real-life experiences of communities and universities working together to address significant health problems in the southern United States,” said Yadrick. “Speakers will share examples of successful approaches, as well as highlight practical strategies that can be used to establish and fund effective collaborations.”
For more information about the conference, call 601-266-4839.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.