UC Davis sponsors 'Mini-Medical School' for Spanish speakers

09/05/2013 12:00 AM

09/05/2013 6:27 AM

On Saturday morning, Spanish-speakers have an opportunity – the only one of its kind in the nation – to speak with experts on various health and medical issues at UC Davis' Sixth Annual Spanish Mini-Medical School.

Attendees will have a chance to learn about critical care issues in their native language and to discuss these topics in Spanish with health care professionals from UC Davis and the community.

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a clinical professor of internal medicine at UC Davis and director of UC Davis' Center for Reducing Health Disparities, said the sessions have been the venue for back-and-forth discussions and questions and answers between the audience and health care professionals. That way, the speakers learn about the needs of the community, too.

"What happens is that there's a lot of engagement of those who come. They really ask questions, make comments and we try to have it be as interactive as possible," Aguilar-Gaxiola said.

Topics will include diabetes, depression, use of interpreters, chronic pain, obesity, Alzheimer's and mental decline due to old age.

Aguilar-Gaxiola's presentation is called "Opportunities for Latinos to Obtain Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act."

Another presenter is David Copenhaver, assistant professor and director of the UC Davis Cancer Pain Program, who will address the topic, "What is Pain? A Quick Check-in."

The third major speaker is Lorena Garcia, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and a researcher for the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, who will discuss "Obesity and Diabetes: Latinos in the United States."

The one-day event – geared toward middle-aged and older Spanish-speaking adults – is sponsored by UC Davis Health System's Alzheimer's Disease Center, Center for Health Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Attendance is free but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call (916) 734-5243 or go to the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center's Facebook page.

The mini-school will be held at the UC Davis MIND Institute at 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

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