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U of M, Crookston Assistant Professor in Psychology Alvin Killough, Ph.D., Presented at National Health Disparities Conference in November
November 21, 2008

Contact: Alvin Killough, assistant professor, psychology, 218-281-8028 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Alvin Killough, Ph.D.
Alvin Killough, Ph.D.
Crookston, Minn. (November 19, 2008) – Health equality was the focus of the National Health Disparities Conference held recently in Prior Lake, Minn. Assistant Professor Alvin Killough, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota, Crookston led a session at the conference entitled “Does Culture Matter? Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention among Minorities,” along with Wynfred Russell, director of the Center for Multicultural Services at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

The theme for the conference was Health Equality: Honoring Culture While Closing the Gap. Through a validated theoretical model, Killough and Russell highlighted the need for HIV analysis, prevention, and treatment planning to go beyond the individual and be aimed at broader systems.

The conference, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, brought in leaders in the field from across the nation to address the overarching causes of racial and ethnic health disparities. Presenters were selected according to their expertise in seven critical areas: social determinants, research, public health practice, community capacity building, cultural competency, publicity and promotion, and methods to reduce health disparities.

Along with looking at health equality, the conference recognized the work of local organizations dedicated to reducing these disparities and celebrated effective health initiatives designed to diminish them. To learn more, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit