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CISNC Participates in Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health


Raleigh, NC, June 06, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Linda Harrill, president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) (www.cisnc.org), a nonprofit that helps youths stay in school, has announced that the organization will participate in a live, interactive videoconference presented by UNC Chapel Hill on Tuesday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The videoconference, titled “Breaking The Cycle: Investigating The Intersection Of Educational Inequalities And Health Disparities”, will be moderated by Senator Howard N. Lee, executive director of the N.C. Education Cabinet and past-chair of the N.C. Board of Education, and include commentary from four nationally known panelists.

The panelists are:

Reginald Weaver – vice president, Education International; past-president of the National Education Association
Dina Castro, M.P.H., Ph.D – scientist, UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC Chapel Hill
Nicholas Freudenberg, Dr.P.H. – distinguished professor and DPH director, Program in Urban Public Health, Hunter College School of Health Sciences/CUNY
Lillian Sparks, J.D. – executive director, National Indian Education Association

The videoconference will be held at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium in the UNC School of Social Work, located at 325 Pittsboro Street, and be transmitted via Internet and c-band satellite. For more information on the videoconference, visit www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2009.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), an independently incorporated nonprofit, was established in 1989 as a part of the national Communities In Schools network. The organization is the nation’s largest community-based dropout prevention program with nearly 200 communities serving 1.2 million youth in the United States. For more information about CISNC, call (800) 849-8881 or visit their Web site at www.cisnc.org.

“I am pleased to attend and participate in the videoconference presented by UNC Chapel Hill,” said Harrill. “I look forward to many topics being addressed, including reframing high school dropout as a public health issue and policies to improve the health and education of native students.”

About Communities In Schools Of North Carolina:
Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), an independently incorporated nonprofit, was established in 1989 as a part of the national Communities In Schools network. The organization is the nation’s largest community-based dropout prevention program with nearly 200 communities serving 1.2 million youth in the United States. CISNC is overseen by a board of directors that represents both public and private interests for the state. The 39 local CIS affiliates across North Carolina connect existing county-wide resources with students and their families at schools to ensure that youth continue to stay in school, learn necessary skills and are well-prepared to begin working or attend a post-secondary school after graduation. CISNC provides both regional and on-site training and technical assistance, serves as an information center for local communities concerned about young people at risk of school failure, and builds partnerships with state agencies and organizations to benefit youth across the state. For more information, call (800) 849-8881 or visit their Web site at www.cisnc.org

Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.
(919) 233-6600
patty@mmimarketing.com

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