Monday, October 8, 2007

HOUSTON: EPA Wants To Meet Latino Environmental Groups

September 10, 2007

Dear Community Leader:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas, in

partnership with Region 6 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and

Houston Department of Health and Human Services, would like to invite you to be a part

of an exciting, ongoing effort that we began in San Antonio in 2006. The success of last

year’s event has inspired our partners and EPA to continue the initiative with another

Hispanic Stakeholders Forum in Houston. The Forum, called Beyond Translation,”

will be held this year on October 10 – 12 and we need your participation and support.

The purpose of this year’s Forum is to continue the momentum started in 2006,

bringing together a broad cross-section of Hispanic leaders in the Region, from

grassroots organizations to heath agencies and academia, and from business and civic

groups to local, state and federal agencies. We hope to continue exploring ways in

which we can work together to address collaboratively the myriad environmental and

human heath issues confronting us each day.

Key goals of this year’s forum include: sharing/transferring best practices

addressing environmental health issues; focusing attention on education and

recruitment challenges in science, technology, engineering and math; providing

effective mechanisms for the Hispanic community to gain access to contracts, grants

and other community resources; exploring how EPA, DHHS, and other agencies may

better serve Hispanic communities; and developing a strategy for ongoing involvement

in these issues. We want to continue to serve as a catalyst to foster greater

involvement of the Hispanic community in our effort to protect human health and the

environment en nuestras comunidades. Your views on how we can make a difference

in the lives of Hispanics are important, so please bring your ideas and energy, and join

us in Houston as part of this vital dialogue.

Enclosed you will find the draft Agenda for the Forum, and hotel and registration

information. Please feel free to contact Juan Parras, our Registration Coordinator, at

(713) 926-8895 or (281) 513-7799 or Ms. Paula Flores-Gregg our Program Chair at

(214) 665-8123, if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you in

advance for your assistance and support. ¡Juntos podemos! Together we can improve

our natural environment and ensure healthier communities.

Sincerely yours,

Miguel I. Flores


Water Quality Protection Agency


Beyond Translation – Houston Forum

“Cultivating Hispanic Community Involvement”

Houston, Texas – Houston Hobby Marriott

October 10-12, 2007


Transfer best community awareness practices addressing environmental health


Bring attention to the education and recruitment challenge in the science,

technology, engineering, and math fields.

Provide most effective mechanisms to gain access to contracts, grants, and other


Develop a strategy for ongoing community involvement.

Target Audience

Community leaders from grass-roots, non-profit organizations, health organizations,

local and federal government, civic groups, business, media representatives, and



October 10, 2007 8:30 - 4:00 PM Student Forum (Milby HS & Austin HS)

October 10, 2007 6:00 - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception

October 11, 2007 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Beyond Translation Forum

October 12, 2007 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Beyond Translation Forum

Forum Location

Houston Hobby Marriott, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017

Registration & Room Reservations

Contact Juan Parras at (713) 926-8895, (281) 513-7799 (cell), (713) 926-2750 (fax).

Deadline for Registration

September 26, 2007 - Space is limited - please register early!

Exhibit Space Available

Contact Juan Parras at (713) 926-8895, or (281) 513-7799 (cell),

or Debora Bradford at (214) 665-7406.

Travel Assistance

There is some invitational travel funding available for presenters of smaller non-profit

and civic organizations. To find out if you qualify, please contact Paula Flores-Gregg,

our program chair, at (214) 665-8123, or via e-mail at:

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