LATINO HEALTH: Art Exhibit to Benefit HIV/AIDS, Diabetes Research
The Museum of Latin American Art and the University of Southern California's Medical School are teaming up for a week-long Mexican folk-art exhibit to raise $250,000 for HIV/AIDS and diabetes research. "We are reaching out to the Hispanic community because these are two of (their) most devastating diseases," said hematology nurse Laura Harvey, who helped conceive the benefit. The Los Angeles Times reports that free Art for Life fundraiser will take place next week at USC medical facilities in Lincoln Heights and the main campus, with artists such as "famed painter and muralist" Rodolfo Morales meeting with the general public. A four-hour, $200-per-person gala will close the event March 7, during which Morales will paint a mural to be auctioned off at the end. Other items will be available for as little as $1. USC-Norris Cancer Hospital Medical Director Dr. Alexandra Levin and diabetes researcher Dr. Thomas Buchanan will be honored for their work with Latinos. The Times reports that diabetes is the most common diagnoses for Latinos at County-USC Medical Center, other than pregnancy and child birth (Cardenas, 2/23). Click here for a schedule of the week's events.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.