SHE Will Reach Immigrants with “New Voices” Initiative

10/04/2007


UML's School of Health and Environment Announces Pilot Funding for Community Outreach 

LOWELL ߞ; Dean David Wegman of the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s School of Health and Environment has announced pilot funding for an innovative outreach project to immigrant communities.

“New Voices for Health and Environment in the Merrimack Valley” will develop ways to communicate with immigrant populations in the Merrimack Valley about health careers, worker health and safety, and disease prevention and management.

“Immigrants are often disproportionately exposed to toxics and dangerous work conditions, and are likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes,” says Eduardo Siqueira, assistant professor in the School’s Department of Community Health and Sustainability. “With this grant, we’ll be able to funnel valuable health information to immigrant populations who could take prevention steps towards a better quality of life.”

The project combines the communications expertise of the Student Broadcast Media Center with the health knowledge of faculty from three departments: Community Health and Sustainability, Work Environment and Nursing.

“I’m convinced that we have a better chance of finding the best solutions to tough health and environmental problems if we work together across disciplines,” says Dean Wegman.  

Over the course of a year, “New Voices” participants will catalog ethnic media resources for Asians, Latinos and Brazilians in the Merrimack Valley; will host a media seminar to exchange resources and encourage collaboration; and will develop a radio program.

“Another of our goals is to encourage the youth of this diverse population to study at the School of Health and Environment so that they can become champions of health within their communities,” says Siqueira.

The School of Health and Environment was established in 2004 to promote human health and development in ways that contribute to safe and productive communities and environmentally sustainable economies. The School includes the departments of Nursing, Clinical Lab and Nutritional Sciences, Physical Therapy, Community Health and Sustainability,  and Work Environment.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at www.uml.edu.

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224