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Professor reaches out to local Hispanic women

Zaida Cordero-MacIntyre, PhD
Zaida Cordero-MacIntyre, PhD
An LLU professor exhibited the University’s commitment to helping the community when she recently served as the keynote speaker at a health conference for Latina women.

Zaida Cordero-MacIntyre, PhD, spoke during a semiannual health conference of the Latina Women’s Health Forum, held March 31 at the Riverside County Office of Education. The topic of her speech, and the conference as a whole, was “Obesity—A Challenge for All.”

This and other conferences of the Latina Women’s Health Forum are conducted in Spanish.

The Latina Women’s Health Forum, a Riverside-based grassroots organization, exists to identify and address health and community issues that affect Latino families. It offers free health conferences to low-income Spanish-speaking families.

“We specifically look for Spanish-speaking health experts and have found that the ones from Loma Linda have been very helpful and always willing to come and address our group,” says Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, chair of the Latina Women’s Health Forum.

Dr. Cordero-MacIntyre is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health’s department of nutrition and a member of LLU’s Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine. Her speech for the Latina Women’s Health Forum was part of the outreach of the center.

This LLU center brings together researchers from different disciplines within the Schools of Medicine and Public Health who are committed to easing the disproportionate burden of diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, that often fall on medically underserved populations.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, April 30, 2007