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March 30, 2012 - USA Center of Excellence to Host 2012 Symposium

The University of South Alabama Center of Excellence will be hosting its 2012 Symposium on April 13, 2012.

The symposium, titled “Community and Academia: Partners for Eliminating Health Disparities and Promoting Equity in Care,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center at 1717 Dauphin St. in Mobile.

The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum to foster a meaningful dialogue between community members, community agencies and organizations, and USA faculty, staff and students. The dialogue will center on issues of importance to health disparate groups of the Mobile community.

The symposium will feature four concurrent "Action Oriented Conversations" focusing on the topics of: Education & Youth, Family, Workforce & Employment, and Health. For each of the topics, groups of 15 to 30 symposium participants will gather to engage in a discussion led by a facilitator.

Tara Taylor will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Taylor has worked for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland for eight years, starting as the fitness coordinator at the Euclid YMCA and later transitioning to program director for the We Run This City Youth Marathon Program.

Taylor also served as program director for the Go Fit! program, a public health initiative between Cleveland Clinic, the YMCA, the City of Cleveland and Curves. She currently teaches at Cleveland Clinic Employee Wellness Center and Cleveland State University Recreation Center.

The event will also feature Dr. Michael O. Minor, a champion of faith-based health and wellness mobilization.

As a community organizer for nearly 20 years, Dr. Minor has worked on community empowerment, non-profit business development, and faith-based initiative issues. He currently serves as the undershepherd of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, Miss., and is the national director for health and human services of the National Baptist Convention.

The University Of South Alabama Center Of Excellence for Health Disparities is a federally funded program to aid institutions which address the inequality of health care within their community and region.

The symposium is open to USA faculty and University Centers/Departments staff. Limited registration
slots for USA students are available.

Registration for the 2012 Symposium is free, but reservations are required.

To pre-register and to view the symposium brochure, visit For more information call (251) 414-8001.

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