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UC Davis hosts its third Spanish Mini-Medical School

Spanish Mini Medical School graduates © 2010 UC Regents
Adriana Jacobo (left) and Carmen Campos received diplomas after completing a day of classes on healthy aging that were presented entirely in Spanish.

Posted April 21, 2010

UC Davis Health System welcomed an audience of nearly 80 for its third Spanish Mini-Medical School on April 17, 2010, on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The event was sponsored by the health system’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Unique in the nation, the one-day school provides Spanish-speaking middle-aged and older adults, along with caregivers, the opportunity to learn about critical health issues in their native language and to discuss these topics with Spanish-speaking health-care professionals from UC Davis and the community.

Dr. Hinton © 2010 UC Regents“The Spanish Mini-Medical School provides vital health information in an innovative format to middle-aged and older adults so that they are better able to get the health care that they need.”
— Ladson Hinton

“With the projected growth in the number of Latino seniors in California, it is vital that we develop innovative outreach programs that help to address health disparities,” said Ladson Hinton, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and interim director of the Center for Healthy Aging. “The Spanish Mini-Medical School provides vital health information in an innovative format to middle-aged and older adults so that they are better able to get the health care that they need.”

About the Center for Healthy Aging

The need to fully understand age-related illness is paramount in our society, especially given the exponential growth in our population of people aged 55 and older. The Center for Healthy Aging at UC Davis unifies geriatrics faculty and research programs with basic, translational and epidemiologic sciences in order to advance understanding of the biology of aging and improve clinical care through education and outreach.

Topics focused on healthy diets, chronic pain, mental health, ways to lower blood pressure, and how to get rid of credit card debt and protect yourself from identity theft. In the afternoon, there was a brief yoga session.

The day began with a welcome from Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis, who addressed the health system’s strong commitments to healthy aging and reducing health disparities. She also recognized the audience for their dedication to seeking quality health information.

“Your participation today underscores your commitment to taking charge of your own health, understanding the impact of age and heredity on health and living a healthy lifestyle,” said Pomeroy.

Other presenters included physicians Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Ramiro Zuniga, David Copenhaver and Efrain Talamantes of UC Davis, and Celia J. Esquivel of the AARP.

To add your name to the mailing list for next year’s Spanish Mini-Medical School, call (916) 734-5243.