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UHD STAR Lab Hosts Latino Community Forum Sept. 14


By Sheryl E. Taylor

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The College of Public Service’s Service, Teaching, Aging, and Research (STAR) Lab  (housed in the Center for Public Service and Community Research) and the Alzheimer's Association are hosting a Latino Community Forum 6:15–7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The in-person and virtual event, which is being held in September in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, will allow the hosts to hear the UHD Community’s thoughts and concerns on how to help Latinos in the community with this public health issue by identifying needs, gaps in resources, and opportunities.

“Alzheimer's Disease affects Latinos in the U.S. at 1.5 times the rate of non-Hispanic Whites,” said Dr. Angela Goins, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of STAR Lab. “The UHD STAR Lab is proud to be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to discuss the ways that this disease affects the Latino community, and how partners like UHD along with other external partners can help mitigate those needs.” 

This event is presented in collaboration with the East End Communities, Telemundo Houston, Altus Hospice, Bridge Solutions, CenterWell Senior Primary Care, El Centro De Corazón, The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Hispanic Health Coalition, Amazing Place, and Legacy Community Health.

Goins also noted that this Forum is in alignment with President Loren J. Blanchard’s Four Points of Excellence in that “it seeks to provide educational justice to an underserved community, further establishing UHD as an anchor institution in Houston and Harris County. As a Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution, we are proud to bring awareness to this growing public health threat.”

Register online for this important event.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.