Expert to discuss the community’s role in teen health

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HOUSTON – (March 21, 2012) – Leaders of public and private agencies, as well as local residents, will learn about the value of community collaboration and support in addressing youth health and social issues at the sixth annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Texas Medical Association in Austin.

Community support of healthy living can make a difference in encouraging healthy behaviors, according to researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The event is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center, which is located at the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, a part of UTHealth.

WHAT:

Keynote speaker J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., will present “A Sociologist Takes on Teen Smoking, Drinking and Violence…And Wins!” Hawkins will discuss his experience developing Communities That Care (CTC), which helps decision-makers in the community select and implement effective prevention policies and programs to address risks facing their youth. Hawkins’s work has shown that community coalitions can reduce risky behaviors and tobacco and alcohol use among young people.

WHEN:

March 22, 5:30 p.m.

WHO:

In addition to Hawkins, endowed professor of prevention and founding director of Social Development Research Group at The University of Washington, Seattle and Cheryl Perry, Ph.D., will providing remarks. Perry is regional dean of the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus and lead scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s 2012 Tobacco Report.

WHERE:

Texas Medical Association
401 W. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Note: Parking can be arranged for journalists who call in advance.

Jade Waddy
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030