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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 21, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Holland Symposium to Focus on Health Care

American health care will take the spotlight during Angelo State University’s 2009 E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the ASU Houston Harte University Center.

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 address the hot-button issue at the annual event.

The symposium, titled “The U.S. Health Care System: Current Status and Challenges in Delivering Care,” will focus on how health care can be obtained and whether or not it is a guaranteed right or a privilege. The aim of the symposium is 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.

Shi’s 2 p.m. presentation on Monday, Oct. 26, will analyze current U.S. health care delivery. He will provide an overview of the system, including major components, principal characteristics and future directions. He will also 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.

Shi and Stevens will also conduct a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Davidson Center. The individual presentations and panel discussion are open free to the public. Informal receptions will follow both speakers’ discussions each day at 3:15 p.m. in the United Campus Ministries, 2453 Dena Drive. They are also open to the public. The ASU Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs sponsors the symposium.

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/.