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Release: Sept. 8, 2000

UI to host on-campus viewing and discussion of PBS special about dying

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host on-campus viewing of a four-part PBS special titled "On Our Own Terms: Moyers On Dying." The viewing is part of an outreach program supported by the Iowa Partnership for Quality Care in Dying with Dignity: Advancing Comfort, Choice and Control (The Iowa Partnership). The Iowa Partnership is a statewide program based at the UI College of Public Health.

"On Our Own Terms" will focus on end-of-life issues faced by Americans today. Award-winning journalists Bill and Judith Davidson Moyers will report the stories of the dying, their families and their caregivers. The program also will deal with the issue of medical intervention and humanity.

"On Our Own Terms" will air on PBS from 8-9:30 p.m., each evening Sept. 10-13. The Iowa Partnership will host on-campus viewing at two locations each night the program airs. The viewing sites are: Classen Conference Room in the Colloton Pavilion of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and 158 Van Allen Hall. UI faculty and staff will facilitate each viewing.

The Iowa Partnership is an interdisciplinary coalition of health care professionals, policy makers, educators and the public. The program is supported by a three-year, $375,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of the program is to identify end-of-life issues, get feedback from caregivers and communities, and create policy for improving care for the dying in Iowa.

For more information, call (319) 335-8708.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and