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Two from U of M, Crookston Selected to Present at 2009 National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health in Washington, D.C.
January 20, 2009

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

Crookston, Minn. (January 20, 2009) – The U.S. Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host their third annual National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health in late February 2009.  University of Minnesota, Crookston Assistant Professor Alvin Killough, Ph.D., and his wife, Eryn, have been invited to present a workshop as part of the Summit.

Their presentation entitled, Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying Construct Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention Intervention among Minorities, was developed in collaboration with Wynfred Russell, Director of the Center for Multicultural Services at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. Russell will join the Killoughs for the Summit presentation.

Alvin Killough teaches as a cultural ecological psychologist at the U of M,
Alvin Killough, Ph.D.
Alvin Killough, Ph.D.
Crookstonand has long advocated for underserved and understudied populations through his scholarly research and public speaking engagements. Killough also provides technical assistance to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Eryn Killough, B.A., is an experienced translational research specialist in re-conceptualizing social, economic and political pathologies, and organizational practices that can lead to health and education disparities.  She is a published author writing on issues concerning treaty violations against Native-Americans and ethno-centrism, and African-American youth in the educational system in the United States.  Eryn earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.  She is also teaching specialist in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Eryn Killough, B.A.
Eryn Killough, B.A.
Department on the Crookston campus working with students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 

Results of the Summit will become part of the National Blueprint for Action, which will guide OMH and its public and private partners.  The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) was developed by OMH as a means of strategically executing that blueprint effectively.  For more information about the NPA, please visit

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