Corinna Kaarlela, News Director
Source: Cara Peracchi Douglas, Director, Public Affairs and Communications,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2003
HARVARD PROFESSOR ENCOURAGES STUDENTS
AT SUNNYSIDE HIGH DOCTOR’S ACADEMY TO PURSUE HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONS
Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, and program director for
Multicultural Education and Affairs at Harvard University, will address
Sunnyside High School Doctor’s Academy Students in Fresno on Wednesday,
January 29, at 10am as a part of the visiting professorship series provided
by the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Latino Center for
Medical Education and Research (LACMER). Betancourt hopes to encourage area
high school students to pursue careers in the health science professions.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Betancourt talk to the Doctor’s Academy
students,” said Katherine Flores, MD and director of LACMER. “Hearing about
how successful he has been with health care as it relates to multicultural
issues might influence these culturally diverse students to seek a
profession in the health science arena—that is our goal.”
Betancourt will provide a second lecture to UCSF Fresno faculty and medical
residents at University Medical Center’s north auditorium at 12:30 pm.
Betancourt will discuss the importance of training culturally competent
health care providers in our Valley.
“Dr. Betancourt will discuss how a community benefits when it trains its
future doctors to serve its ethnically diverse population,” said Flores.
“This echoes what we are trying to accomplish with our pipeline of training
For more information about Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, LACMER, or UCSF
Fresno visiting professors, please contact Cara Peracchi Douglas at
559.288.3257, or Bertha Dominguez at 559.241.7677