UAPB Minority Research Center to host inaugural tobacco and addictions lecture series

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions will host an Inaugural Tobacco and Addictions Lecture Series on May 14th and May 28th, 2015.

The Inaugural Tobacco and Addictions lecture series will serve as a platform for the exchange of best practices, knowledge, and research regarding the prevention of tobacco use and other addictive substances within minority communities. Subject matter experts, Rev. Elaine P. (Walters) Gordon and Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia, will be the featured speakers for this lecture series.

Rev. Gordon is a nationally known preacher, author, speaker and teacher. Gordon is much sought after in social, civic, and religious circles for her keen ability to integrate theological concepts with social responsibility. Rev. Gordon is a member of the NAACP, Tri County Urban League, Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria Substance Abuse Coalition, Trainer for National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN), Consultant for the Health Education Council and much more.

Dr. Ahluwalia will begin his tenure as Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health on May 7, 2015. His primary research has focused on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African-American smokers by way of conducting clinical trials, secondary analysis, qualitative research, and clinical epidemiology research. Among other honors, Ahluwalia received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s national award for his excellence in mentoring, the Herbert W. Nickens award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for national leadership and research in improving minority health, and a lifetime leadership award from the American Public Health Association for his work on tobacco.

“This event will be exhilarating,” commented Dr. Valandra German, Director of the Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions. “It is such an honor to have two speakers who have done extraordinary work in the field of tobacco and other addictive substances come to UAPB to share their expertise. Attendees of the lecture series are in for a productive exchange of knowledge and information.”

Rev. Elaine Gordon will speak on May 14th at 10 a.m. and Dr. Ahluwalia will speak on May 28th at 11 a.m. The lecture series will be held on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and will also be available via webinar.

For more information or to register call 844.244.9016 or visit .

About the Minority Research Center on Tobacco and Addictions
The Minority Research Center’s mission is to provide assistance to the state and nation in tobacco and other substance abuse research, prevention, education, technical assistance and evaluation, especially in regard to minority populations (Blacks, Hispanics, Marshall Islanders, and Asians). MRC serves as a resource to the state of Arkansas and across the country to provide best practices and key learnings for eliminating the use of tobacco and other addictive substances within minority communities.


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