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MacCoun Is 1996 Wellness Lecturer

Robert MacCoun, associate professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy, will deliver the 1996 Wellness Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. in Zellerbach Playhouse. The lecture is free and will be followed by a reception.

MacCoun will speak on "The Psychology of Harm Reduction: Comparing Alternative Strategies for Modifying High-Risk Behaviors."

Harm reduction focuses on minimizing the adverse consequences of drug use through interventions such as needle exchange, "safe use" education and treatment as an alternative to incarceration.

The program is underwritten by the California Wellness Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of health care and disease prevention programs for the state's diverse population.

Lecturers are awarded $4,000 prizes each year for writing original papers and presenting public lectures drawn from them.

The lectures will be available in book form and on video and audio tape in early 1997. For information, phone (619) 534-3455.

Clean-Up Day

Friday, Sept. 27, from noon to 3 p.m. is the fourth annual campus-wide clean-up day.

Faculty, students, alumni, staff and community volunteers will work on graffiti removal, litter clean-up, shrub trimming and other custodial tasks.

Volunteers will assemble west of the Campanile and will receive a free "I Pitched In" t-shirt, refreshments and entry into a drawing for prizes.

Clean-up Day is sponsored by Physical Plant-Campus Services and organized by the campus Anti-Graffiti/Anti-Litter task force. For more information, call Karen Horrigan at 643-0890.

Latino Health Care

The School of Public Health will present a day-long conference, "Latino Communities in a Changing Health Care System: Developing Strategies for a Diverse Population" Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clark Kerr campus.

The conference is sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"Given the new political mandates -- welfare reform and the impact on the state's public hospitals, it is critical that we provide a forum for discussion within this large community," said Elizabeth Baker, Field Studies Unit director and conference organizer.

For more information, phone 642-4364.


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