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October 20, 1995
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Health Status of American Indians Topic of Talk at Hopkins

Mathuram Santosham, director of the Center for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health will give an illustrated lecture on the "Health Status of American Indians" at the Hopkins Homewood campus on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at noon.

In 1981, Santosham, a pediatrician, spent a year at the White Mountain Apache reservation studying the treatment of infant diarrhea. During this time, he discovered that reservation children were born with an extraordinary high rate of HIB, a common bacteria that can cause meningitis. The Apache Tribal Council asked for his help, providing the catalyst for ongoing research that ultimately led to a preventive strategy. He and his colleagues returned to the Apache reservation, and remained for six years conducting studies that eventually improved the health of the Navajo population as well.

The lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events. All programs in this series are held at noon in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the university's Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. Admission is free.

For further information, call the Office of Special Events at (410) 516-7157.

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