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Release: Jan. 16, 2003

Health sciences events scheduled as part of Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences, in cooperation with the UI health sciences colleges and other units, will sponsor several events as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week, Jan. 20-25. The theme for the health sciences campus events is "Eliminating Health Disparities."

Tuesday, Jan. 21

• "A View from the Inside: Student Experiences of Health Care Disparities." A panel discussion led by medical students from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in room 1110A of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

Wednesday, Jan. 22

• "Health Care: Human Right or Commodity?" Maureen Connolly, M.D., medical director of the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic; noon to 1 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium (room E-331) of General Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

• Research Colloquia – "Addressing Health Disparities: Can Research Make a Difference?" Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., associate dean for research and director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center in the UI College of Nursing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room (room 133) in the Nursing Building.

• "The Role of the Volunteer in Eliminating Health Disparities – A Surgeon's Perspective." John Lawrence, M.D., a pediatric surgeon and associate professor (clinical) of surgery in the UI Carver College of Medicine; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in room 1110A of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

• Keynote Address: "Why We Can't Wait: Health as Human Right." J. Herman Blake, Ph.D., director of African-American Studies and professor of sociology, educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University; 6 p.m. in room 1110A of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). A reception will follow in the MERF atrium.

Thursday, Jan. 23

• Resource Fair – "Increasing Awareness of Current Health Disparities and Human Rights Issues." Information available from the Crisis Center, Free Medical Clinic, UI College of Public Health and more; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 226 in the Pharmacy Building.

• "Eliminating Health Disparities in Mental Health Services." Rachel Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and policy in the UI College of Public Health; noon to 1 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium (room E-331) of General Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

• "Remembering the Forgotten: COM Mobile Clinic Response to Uninsured Immigrants." A panel discussion by students and faculty from the UI Carver College of Medicine and representatives from the Emergency Housing Project and Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in room 1110A of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

Friday, Jan. 24

• "Reducing Language Barriers for the Dental Patient." Noon to 1 p.m. in room N212 (Oral B Seminar Room) in the Dental Science Building (DSB).

• "Caring and Advocating for the Un- and Underinsured in Iowa." David Bedell, M.D., assistant professor (clinical) of family medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine, Maureen Connolly, M.D., medical director of the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, and Jacki Robison of the Department of Social Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in room 1110A of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

• "Eliminating Disparities in Health Care: If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?" Salome Raheim, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the UI School of Social Work; 2 to 3 p.m. in the Seebohm Conference Room (room 283) in the Eckstein Medical Education Building (EMRB).

• Movie and Discussion – "A Time to Kill." The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Nursing Building.

The health sciences campus events are supported by the Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences and the Culturally Competent Care Initiative.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these programs, call (319) 353-5492.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.