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Race, Culture, Mental Health Services And Family Well-Being Conference Set For May 13-15

April 22, 1999 -- The Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center and the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Children, Families, and the Law will co-sponsor a conference on mental health services and family well-being of rural African-American families May 13-15.

The conference will bring together experts in racial identity and culture, family life, and mental health services and examine issues from the perspective of rural America. Speakers will include Lonnie Snowden, School of Social Welfare, University of California-Berkeley; Harold Neighbors, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Scotty Hargrove, Department of Psychology, University of Mississippi; Samuel Turner, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland-College Park; and Jeanne Miranda, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center.

While much attention has been directed at issues facing African-Americans living in urban areas, the problems of lower-income African-American families living in rural areas of the United States have often been overlooked, conference organizers said. Yet some 35 percent of African Americans live in rural areas, and 90 percent of the African-American families residing in rural areas are concentrated in southern states. Most research, however, is conducted with urban populations. In order to develop better intervention strategies and social policies, the conference aims to improve understanding of the family experiences of rural African-Americans.

The conference is free to U.Va. faculty, staff and students. All sessions will be held in McLeod Hall. For information on how to register call the Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center at (804) 982-3273.

Contact: David Bush, (804) 924-1400.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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