The University of New Mexico Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy presents its two part Spring 2012 Lecture Series, "Plural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy."

Spero Manson will present, "The Special Diabetes Program for Indians: Advances in Preventing Diabetes among Native People" on Thursday, March 8 from 12:30 - to 2 p.m. in the Domenici Center, room 2112.

Janet K. Shim will present "Embodied Inequality: Heart Disease and the Politics of Causation" Thursday, March 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Santa Ana A&B.

Manson is currently a professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and serves as director of the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado, Denver Anschutz Medical Center. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Manson's research interests include epidemiology, treatment, mental health and prevention of physical, alcohol and drug abuse in Native American and Alaskan Native populations.

Shim is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco where she received a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology. Her research focuses on the sociology of health and illness, of science, technology and medicine and of racial class and gender inequality.

The RWJF Center for Health Policy is dedicated to increasing the number of leaders in health and health care from Latino and American Indian communities. The collaboration of UNM, the RWJF and the RWJF Center for Health Policy helps ensure that Latino, American Indian and other underrepresented groups' perspectives are at the center of current health policy debates.

For more information, call the RWJF Center for Health Policy at (505) 277-0130 or visit RWJF.