Harvard Professor Encourages Students to Pursue Health Science

January 28, 2003
News Office: Cara Peracchi Douglas (559) 243-3606

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MPH, program director for Multicultural Education and Affairs at Harvard University, will address Sunnyside High School Doctor's Academy Students in Fresno Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. as a part of the visiting professorship series provided by the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LACMER).

Betancourt hopes to encourage area high school students to pursue careers in the health science professions.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Betancourt talk to the Doctor's Academy students," said Dr. Katherine Flores, director of LACMER. "Hearing about how successful he has been with health care as it relates to multicultural issues might influence these culturally diverse students to seek a profession in the health science arena -- that is our goal."

Betancourt will provide a second lecture to UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents at University Medical Center's north auditorium at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss the importance of training culturally competent health care providers in the Central Valley.

"Dr. Betancourt will discuss how a community benefits when it trains its future doctors to serve its ethnically diverse population," said Flores. "This echoes what we are trying to accomplish with our pipeline of training programs."

For more information about Betancourt, LACMER or UCSF Fresno visiting professors, please contact Cara Peracchi Douglas at (559) 288-3257 or Bertha Dominguez at (559) 241-7677

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