September 22, 2004

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 505/272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Spirituality & Culture: Integrating Heritage into Healing" Behavioral Health Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Can spirituality and cultural symmetry improve the care and healing of human beings? UNM Hospitals Behavioral Health Education is sponsoring a one-day conference focusing on health and healing more in harmony with the core values of trust, compassion, empathy and caring in a cultural a spiritual context.

The public is invited to attend the conference, slated 7:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. October 2 at the downtown Hyatt Regency. Registration for the public is $45.

Keynote Speaker and presenter Donald Warne, M.D., MPH, combines traditional Lakota medicine with his formal medical education and practice. Warne will address such issues as integrating spirituality and traditional healing in contemporary medicine, how different approaches and tools can contribute and enhance our understanding of the therapeutic process, and the promotion of indigenous medicine and therapies into primary health programs.

Also presenting will be Elena Avila, RN, MSN, who also is a Curandera. Avila will focus on how ancient medical knowledge has continued to surface in mainstream medicine and examine the connection between mind, body and soul in today's medical system as she bridges the gap between modern and folk medicine.

Finally, Joan McIver Gibson, Ph.D., a retired senior bioethicist, will discuss the complex interaction of culture and spirituality in an ethical context.

For more information, please call 272-9266 or e-mail amitchel@salud.unm.edu.

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