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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 3, 2005

Mini Medical School In Des Moines To Focus On Latino Health

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, in partnership with the Clínica Médica Latina de Des Moines, will host a Mini Medical School program on Latino health Feb. 26 in Des Moines.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Virginia Thompson Auditorium at Iowa Methodist Medical Center Conference & Learning Center, located at 1415 Woodland Ave. in Des Moines. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at or by calling 515-281-4080 (Spanish) or 319-335-8886 (English).

Developed especially for Latino families, the program consists of sessions for adults and children, followed by free health screenings such as glucose checks, blood pressure checks and body mass index evaluations. The session for adults, "Triple Threat to Latino Health: Understanding Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease," will be presented in Spanish by Joseph Zabner, M.D. UI professor of internal medicine, in Thompson Auditorium. Jose Angel, M.D., president of the Clínica Médica Latina de Des Moines and medical director of the Mercy Central Internal Medicine Clinic in Des Moines, will serve as the host and master of ceremonies.

The children's session, to be held in a conference room adjacent to Thompson Auditorium, will be presented by UI medical students. The session will provide children with fun, hands-on demonstrations and experiments about the heart and lungs, as well as the five senses.

The Mini Medical School program is presented in cooperation with the Iowa Division of Latino Affairs.

NOTE TO EDITORS: UI medical students will present a Mini Medical School program on the heart and lungs Friday, Feb. 25, to students at Weeks Middle School in Des Moines. For details in covering this event, contact Karen Butler at 319-335-7855.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Program: Karen Butler, 319-335-7855,; Juan Carlos Cadenillas (Clínica Médica Latina de Des Moines), 515-265-8200,