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CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
5203 Westlawn
(319) 335-9647
e-mail: debra-venzke@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 15, 2001

UI to host program on end-of-life care Nov. 19 in Bettendorf

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public on end-of-life care issues. The program, which is free of charge, will be Monday, Nov. 19 at the Work Fitness Center, Suite 27, Genesis Plaza, 2535 Maplecrest Rd., in Bettendorf. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the 5:45 to 7 p.m. program.

Douglas Wakefield, Ph.D., professor and head of the department of health management and policy in the UI College of Public Health, will discuss common concerns surrounding the quality of life in its final stages. The presentation will touch on current debates about pain management and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and will address individual options for decision making, such as the advanced directive and power of attorney.

Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to register by calling the UI Alumni Association at 1-800-IOWALUM (469-2586).

This program has been planned in cooperation with Genesis Medical Center, the Scott County Health Department and the Work Fitness Center. It is the second event in the statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series, which is funded in part by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.