AUSTIN, Texas—A major international conference focusing on the health of aging Latinos in the Americas will be held at LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 21-22.
The event is called “The Second Conference on Aging in the Americas: Key Issues in Hispanic Health and Health Care Policy Research” and is being organized by LBJ School Professor Jacqueline L. Angel and Pennsylvania State University Professor Keith Whitfield. Whitfield is chair of the Gerontological Society of America Minority Aging Task Force and associate professor in Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University.
According to Angel, the conference will analyze the consequences of various population processes, including international migration, behavioral aspects of mental health and the formulation of U.S. and Latin American old-age policies.
“The intellectual rapport among scholars in the field of Hispanic health, health care policy and aging research now exists at the national level,” said Angel. “This should foster productive scholarship that will contribute to research, training and informed policy analysis of key health and related issues affecting the aging Latino population, with a special emphasis on Mexican-origin families.”
Topics will include health along the Texas-Mexico border, health consequences of Hispanic mortality, the economics of Hispanic aging, health insurance and access to acute and long-term care services.
The keynote speakers will be Julio Frenk Mora, secretary of health, Ministry of Health, Mexico; and University of Texas at Austin Professor of Sociology Ronald Angel.
Frenk will discuss the challenges in public health along the Texas-Mexico border. Angel’s address is titled “Realistic Solutions for the Health Insurance Crisis.”
The program also includes a poster session in which postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students will examine such topics as the lessons learned from other nations and their implications for the health and social welfare of older Mexican-origin individuals.
Conference registration is free and open to the public. For more information, including online registration and a detailed program, visit http://www.pop.psu.edu/cpha/saia.
For more information contact: Megan Scarborough, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-471-8954.