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August 30, 2005
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Health Educator Patricia Harvard-Hinchberger on HACU Group

Goal is to improve health care for minorities, with a focus on Hispanics

Carson, CA - A new group of higher-education professionals selected nationwide to represent the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is focusing on efforts to improve the health care of America’s fast-growing Hispanic population. California State University, Dominguez Hills’ assistant professor Patricia Harvard-Hinchberger, School of Nursing, is playing a role.

Harvard-Hinchberger is among the 20 members of the team of professors, instructors, administrators and minority health-care grant specialists. Dominguez Hills, a HACU member, is considered among the country’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) because of the proportion of Hispanic students attending the university and receiving degrees.

The program is in its seventh year. It is an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HACU and is funded by the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities. Professional training and development is the primary purpose of the program. It is designed to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to secure, and manage, more federal grants and other funding opportunities for biomedical and health-services research that targets minority health-care needs.

“What we’re finding, most of us, in the smaller colleges and universities, is that we haven’t the same types of track records that universities that are focused toward research have,” says Harvard-Hinchberger. “We’re primarily focused on teaching here, that is our forte. They’re looking at organizations, such as ours, that have faculty who want projects related to research that includes Hispanics. What I’m working on is related to osteoporosis (a decrease in bone mass, leaving the bones weaker), specifically related to Latinas and African Americans. The first portion of the research was done on this campus, in which I surveyed college women to find what their perception was of osteoporosis. I think that was one of the reasons I was selected.”

For more details on Harvard-Hinchberger’s role, her research and HACU’s goals in the project, go to http://www.csudh.edu/univadv/dateline/archives/20050725/facstaffnews/patriciahhinchberger.htm

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