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Rachelle Khalaf
Manager, Media Relations
MEDIA: 713-442-4919
9/29/2003
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Kelsey Research Foundation To Host Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference

“Effective Clinical and Community Interventions for the Prevention and Management of Disease”

Kelsey Research Foundation, the non-profit research affiliate of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, will host its Fourth Annual Houston Area Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference at the Houston Marriott Medical Center, located at 6580 Fannin, on Monday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will feature presentations and workshops on effective clinical and community interventions for the prevention and management of disease.

Harold W. Kohl, Ph.D., leader of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, will deliver a keynote address on “Physical Activity and the Environment: Opportunities and Challenges.” Kohl has worked since 1984 in the area of physical activity, exercise, fitness and health, including conducting research, developing and evaluating intervention programs for adults and children, and developing and advising on policy issues.

Also scheduled to speak are Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner of Health for the Texas Department of Health, and Camille D. Miller, President/CEO of the Texas Institute for Health Policy Research, who will be co-presenting on the topic “The Need for Community-Based Interventions Against Obesity.”

State and national experts from health organizations and institutions such as Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, Texas Institute for Health Policy Research, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas School of Public Health, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and Veterans Administration Medical Center Houston, will be on hand to provide an overview of effective health promotion interventions, foster collaborative health services research projects among research and medical care institutions in Texas and demonstrate the application of health services research findings in clinical practice and community settings.

Presentation and workshop topics include:

  • Prevention of childhood obesity
    Stephen Kelder, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health
  • Lung cancer prevention
    Jan Blalock, Ph.D., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Asthma prevention
    Gailen D. Marshall, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School
  • Improving doctor-patient communication and relationships
    Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.S., VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine
    Richard Street, Jr., Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Preventing medical errors by measuring and improving safety culture
    Eric Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., University of Texas at Houston Medical School
  • Obesity interventions
    Rebecca Reeves, Dr.PH., R.S., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Diabetes interventions
    Mario R. Maldonado-Lutomirsky, M.D., St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Baylor college of Medicine
  • Cholesterol-lowering interventions
    Peter H. Jones, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
 
This is the fourth annual Houston area conference hosted by Kelsey Research Foundation, which is devoted to improving the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education. “Many are beginning to understand the extent of the current epidemic of largely preventable chronic diseases,” said Anthony Greisinger, PhD, Vice President for Research and Development at the Foundation, “and we want to provide a forum to present effective interventions for addressing some of the key disease areas impacting the health and economic well being of our communities.”
 
Continuing medical education credits are available for health professionals. For conference registration or submission of abstracts, contact Patricia Sheldon at the Kelsey Research Foundation, 713-442-1219 or pasheldon@kelsey-seybold.com. The conference is sponsored by Sanofi-Synthelabo.

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 450 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 24​​ locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 16 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for three consecutive years and is the only 5-out-of-5-star rated plan in Texas.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.