July 29, 2014  

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College Health Forum Addresses Health-Enhancing Development

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, in conjunction with Hattiesburg Clinic, will host the 2014 Spring Health Forum titled, “Hattiesburg ‘Midtown’: Health-Enhancing Economic and Community Development.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 12 - 3 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II.

“The ‘Midtown’ forum joins two issues of vital concern to Mississippi – economic development and health promotion,” said Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health. “The promise of community projects like Midtown is that we can live, work and play in ways that simultaneously encourage health and prosperity.”

In his keynote address, Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, will explain the meaning of “Midtown” and a mixed use community. Newell is on the steering committee of the Midtown Hattiesburg Master Plan.

The forum will include a panel discussion on different health aspects of the community project, followed by question and answer session. Panelists include:

*Dr. Michael Forster, Dean of the College of Health

*Mayor Gene McGee, Ridgeland, Miss.

*Jessica Sharp, Visiting Instructor, School of Construction

*Dr. Evelyn Walker, Director of the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Office of Health Promotion and Health Equity

Students, faculty, staff, health care professionals, alumni and community members are welcome to attend. Admission is free and lunch will be served, but registration is required. For more information, including to register, e-mail Michelle Fields, visiting instructor in the Department of Public Health, at Michelle.M.Fields@usm.edu.