Health Care Experts Consider Preventive and Integrated Approaches to Latino Health

The University of Houston College of Education is hosting a day-long conference to discuss and strategize on issues impacting the health of Latinos. 

The “Latino Health Summit 2015: Preventive and Integrated Approaches to Health Care” is planned from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 in the Stephen Power Farish Hall KIVA, room 101.  For directions and parking information, visit

Keynote speaker, Dr. Elena Rios, will discuss national health priorities for Latinos. Rios, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, serves on the commission to End Health Disparities, The Campaign Against Obesity, Nurse Family Partnership and the National Quality Forum’s National Priorities Partnerships Steering Committee.    

“The population of Latinos is approaching majority status, meaning resolving health issues that face this population must become priorities for the nation,” said Norma Olvera, UH health education professor and a past president of the Hispanic Health Coalition. “Strategies to combat issues such as obesity and its related diseases benefit everyone and impact all aspects of quality of life.”

Olvera, director of the UH Latino Health Disparities Lab, will lead a discussion on integrated approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles in Latino families. She’ll also discuss her annual summer camp for middle school, minority girls—BOUNCE—that teaches the entire family how to fold in healthy lifestyle habits.

Also on the agenda is a discussion on “The Changing Face of Houston: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Transformation” from Rice University sociology professor and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research Stephen Klineberg.

The event also will feature small breakout sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Continuing education credits will be offered. 

The Summit is sponsored by Hispanic Health Coalition, UH College of Education, BOUNCE, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, City of Houston Health Department, Community Health Choice, Outreach Resources and Hope Clinic.

For more information or to register, visit

WHAT: Latino Health Summit 2015: Preventive and Integrated Approaches to Health Care

WHEN: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27

WHERE:  College of Education, Stephen Power Farish Hall, KIVA, room 101

For directions and parking information, visit