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Health Challenges Impacting Ethnic Communities

Health Challenges Impacting Ethnic Communities

This presentation is a part of the Organization for Multicultural Employees'  health series and is intended to enlighten MD Anderson employees about the unique health challenges encountered by ethnic and underserved populations.

Date: 8/13/14, 12pm to 1pm
Time: 8/13/14, 12pm to 1pm
Location: FCT3, Rooms 1 and 8; 12 pm to 1 pm
Format: All Employee Meeting
Facilitator: Jermaine McMillan
Speaker: Dr. Lorna McNeill
Speaker Bio: Dr. Lorna McNeill’s research is on the elimination of cancer-related health disparities in minority populations. Her research has particular emphasis on understanding the influence of social contextual determinants of cancer in minorities, with a special focus of the role of physical activity (PA) as a key preventive behavior. Her research takes place in minority and underserved communities such as public housing developments, black churches, community-based clinics and low-income neighborhoods—communities with excess cancer death rates. Dr. McNeill has extensive experience in examining social contextual correlates of PA and obesity in community-based minority populations. Dr. McNeill was PI of a social support physical activity trial (R21) conducted in a church-based setting (called Sister ACTive). Using motivational interviewing techniques, women dyads received training on motivational interviewing techniques and were encouraged to counsel each other about their PA. She is currently PI of an obesity prevention study conducted among sedentary African Americans. Dr. McNeill is also PI of a PA and neighborhood environment study (R01) that seeks to examine individual, social, and environmental determinants of PA in black and Latino (N=300) adults using state-of-the-art ecological momentary assessment measures. Finally, Dr. McNeill is Co-PI of an ongoing 3-year study to develop and test an implementation intervention in Harris Health community clinics--the setting for the proposed study--to determine whether a system-level intervention can be effective in improving enrollment and completion of weight loss interventions and adoption of weight loss behaviors (e.g., diet and PA) in underserved blacks and Latinos in this safety-net hospital system.
Sponsor: Organization for Multicultural Employees
Contact: Jermaine McMillan - 52390 - jomcmill@mdanderson.org