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October 2009

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ASU Holland Symposium to Focus on Health Care

Two professors renowned in the health care field will address that hot-button issue during the 2009 E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, at Angelo State University.

Dr. Leiyu Shi, professor of health policy and health services research at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Gregory Stevens, assistant professor and associate director of research in the Center for Community Health Studies at the University of Southern California, will discuss health care in America.

The symposium, titled “The U.S. Health Care System: Current Status and Challenges in Delivering Care,” will consider the debate of how health care can be obtained and whether or not it is a guaranteed right or a privilege. The aim of the symposium is to help clarify the issues for participants and help them make more informed decisions on health care. The need for a more thoughtful approach in light of the government’s imminent health policy changes will also be explored.

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs sponsors the symposium, set for the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1902 Rosemont Drive. Besides the main addresses, the featured speakers will make class visits, a video production of the symposium will be created and students can win cash awards in a creative contest.

The symposium will open Monday, Oct. 26, with Shi’s 2 p.m. presentation, an analysis of current U.S. health care delivery. He will provide an overview of the system, including major components, principal characteristics and future directions. He will discuss the underlying American values and critical challenges confronting health care delivery.

Stevens’ address at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, will focus on America’s polarized views of vulnerable populations and how they 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 bringing parity to Americans’ health.

Informal receptions at 3:15 p.m. in the United Campus Ministries, 2453 Dena Drive, will follow both speakers’ discussions and are open to the ASU community and the public.

Shi and Stevens will conduct a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Davidson Center. The lectures and panel discussion are open free to the public.

Shi, who is co-director of John Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center, received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkley majoring in health policy and service research. His 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 involving the lower income populations and how their lack of access to primary care can be offset to improve their health.

Stevens received his master’s and doctorate in health policy from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002 and completed a post-doctorate at the University of California’s Los Angeles School of Public Health. Stevens focuses his research on improving health services for vulnerable populations, particularly underserved children.

The symposium was established in 1984 by then College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean E. James Holland. In 2003, when Holland retired, the board of regents named the symposium in his honor. In its 25 years, the symposium has brought more than 50 nationally prominent scholars, academicians and policymakers to the ASU campus to spur thought and debate on issues relevant to American society.

For more information, contact Dr. Trey Smith at 942-2315, ext. 235, or visit the symposium Web site at www.angelo.edu/events/university_symposium/.