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2009 E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values

The U.S. Health Care System: Current Status and Challenges in Delivering Care.

There are few issues today that draw more attention and debate than the issue of health care. In fact, nearly everyone agrees that the system needs to be fixed but no one agrees how to do it. One of the greatest challenges centers on care delivery to vulnerable populations. Although most agree that every individual should be allowed access to adequate care, there is a great deal of debate on how that care is to be obtained and whether or not it is a guaranteed right or a privilege.

Certainly the debate has moved into the arena of ‘American values.’ It is the hope that this year’s symposium will help to clarify the actual issues and help participants to make more informed decisions regarding this topic. The need for a more thoughtful approach to an important topic is vital to the imminent policy changes that are currently being explored.

The 2009 E. James Holland University Symposium, “The U.S. Health Care System: Current Status and Challenges in Delivering Care,” brings two renowned speakers—Dr. Leiyu Shi and Dr. Gregory Stevens—to the ASU campus to challenge and educate us. We hope you will join us as we consider what the American values related to health care will mean in the 21st century.

Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Leiyu Shi Dr. Leiyu Shi is Professor of health policy and health services research from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. He is Co-Director of Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center. He received his doctoral education from University of California Berkeley majoring in health policy and services research. He also has a masters in business administration focusing on finance. Dr. Shi’s research focuses on primary care, health disparities, and vulnerable populations. He has conducted extensive studies about the association between primary care and health outcomes, particularly on the role of primary care in mediating the adverse impact of income inequality on health outcomes. Dr. Shi is also well known for his extensive research on the nation’s vulnerable populations, in particular community health centers that serve vulnerable populations, including their sustainability, provider recruitment and retention experiences, financial performance, experience under managed care, and quality of care. Dr. Shi is the author of seven textbooks and over 100 journal articles.

Dr. Shi will use a systems perspective to analyze current US health care delivery. His presentation will provide an overview of the current US health care system including its major components, principal characteristics, and future directions. The underlying American values will be discussed and critical challenges confronting health care delivery will be analyzed.

Dr. Gregory Stevens Dr. Gregory Stevens is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Research in the Center for Community Health Studies, Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Stevens received his master’s and doctorate in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002 and completed a post-doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. Dr. Stevens teaches courses on the U.S. health care system and comparative health policy for the Master’s of Public Health program at USC and was elected Professor of the Year for 2008/2009. Dr. Stevens has focused his research on improving health services for vulnerable populations, particularly underserved children.

Dr. Stevens will discuss how American's polarized views of vulnerable populations have shaped health policy and medical care, how special interests have created a fragmented and disorganized system of care, and what options are available for remedying disparities in obtaining care and eliminating disparities in health.

E. James Holland and The History of The Symposium

By special action of the Board of Regents of the Texas University System in 2003, the ASU Symposium was renamed the E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values in honor of the retired Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, who established the annual event in 1984.

During his 36 years at ASU, Holland served the university as Professor of Government and Head of the Government Department, Director of Curriculum Development, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. With degrees from Southwestern University, Yale Divinity School, and The American University in Washington, D.C., Holland was instrumental in developing the university’s international student and faculty exchange program and in establishing new degree programs in international studies, communications, studio arts, and criminal justice.

Holland is an active member of the San Angelo community, serving as president of Adult Day Care, Concho Educators Federal Credit Union, and United Campus Ministries and as a member of the Ancillary Manpower Planning Board of the Concho Valley Council of Government. He is also active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where he chaired the Administrative Board of the Finance Committee.

Since its inception, the Symposium has brought more than 50 nationally prominent scholars, academicians, and policy-makers to the ASU campus to provoke thought and discussion on a wide range of themes. A collaboration of students, faculty members, and administrators, the Symposium is dedicated to improving the overall academic environment of the University and committed to exploring the national character as expressed in issues related to American values.

The two-day Symposium, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the central event in a broader program of related activities, including class visits by the featured presenters, a video production of the Symposium itself, and a creative contest with cash awards for students.

Presentation Schedule

October 26, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Dr. Leiyu Shi
C.J. Davidson Conference Center, [UC]

October 27, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Dr. Gregory Stevens
C.J. Davidson Conference Center, [UC]

Panel Discussion

October 27, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Panelists: Dr. Shi and Dr. Stevens
C.J. Davidson Conference Center, [UC]

All sessions are free.