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

Release: Aug. 16, 2002

UI College of Public Health to present Distinguished Faculty Lecture Aug. 29

Samuel Levey, Ph.D., Gerhard Hartman Professor of Health Management and Policy, will present the second annual University of Iowa College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Seebohm Conference Room (Room 283) in the Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB). Levey's presentation, "Public and Personal Health Services: Prospects for a New Partnership," is free and open to the public. A reception in the EMRB atrium will follow the lecture.

Levey will discuss how the United States may be at the threshold of potential transformations that could result in long-needed reform of both the public health and personal health services sectors of the health economy. For much of the 20th century, the public health system and the health care system (or medical care) existed virtually independently as two separate cultures. The new realities of bioterrorism, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and drug-resistant bacteria call for new public health–personal health partnerships. Levey will outline opportunities for narrowing the divide between the two sectors with the view that coordination will yield more cost-effective programs and a better distribution of public and personal health services.

Levey received a doctorate in hospital and health administration in 1961 from the UI and a master of science degree in public health practice from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1963. He has held several executive positions in Massachusetts state government, including division director in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1963-1967, and deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Welfare from 1968-1969. He has been the head of three academic departments in health management and policy, including serving as head of the UI Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration from 1977-1991.

He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and several books, including one of the first health care management textbooks, "Health Care Administration: A Managerial Perspective." Levey remains actively engaged in teaching and research, particularly in the area of management and leadership of healthcare organizations.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Kathy Hicklin, UI College of Public Health, at (319) 335-9648.