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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 7, 2005

Health Sciences To Host Events For MLK Human Rights Week

The Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences at the University of Iowa, in cooperation with the UI health sciences colleges and UI Hospitals and Clinics, will coordinate a number of events over the next several weeks as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week.

Following are the events scheduled from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1 on the UI health sciences campus:

Tuesday, Jan. 18
-- "Culturally Competent Approaches to Clinical Research," Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., chair of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., room 1117 of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

-- Keynote event, "Eliminating Health Disparities through Culturally Competent Approaches to Patients: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes," Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., chair of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., MERF atrium.

-- Film, "The Angry Heart," a documentary that dramatizes the impact of heart disease on African-Americans; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Zopf Auditorium B in the Pharmacy Building.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
-- Film, "Horse Song," the story of a Navajo man who learns he has diabetes; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Zopf Auditorium B in the Pharmacy Building.

-- "A Patient's Experience of High Blood Pressure, Kidney Failure and Transplant," poet Sekou Sundiata followed by a panel discussion; 3 to 4 p.m., eighth-floor solarium in the John Colloton Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

-- "Cross Cultural Body Language and its Impact on Health Care," Venugopal S. Reddiar, M.D., staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System and a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine; 3 to 4:30 p.m., East Room (room 8008 Roy Carver Pavilion) at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Registration is required - UI Hospitals and Clinics staff may register online at http://iowa.uihc.uiowa.edu; faculty and students may register by calling April Latta at 319-356-2830.

Thursday, Jan. 20
-- "A Patient's Journey Through Hypertension, Kidney Failure and Transplant," poet Sekou Sundiata; two performances, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the MERF atrium, and 4 to 5 p.m. in the Ziffren Conference Room (room 1502 John Colloton Pavilion) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

-- Film, "The Edge of America: Struggling for Health and Justice," a documentary exploring how rural communities struggle with poverty, discrimination, lack of access to health care and other social inequalities; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Zopf Auditorium B in the Pharmacy Building.

-- "Cross Cultural Disparities: Prescriptions for Wellness," Dorothy Simpson-Taylor, Ph.D., director of UI Diversity Resources; 3 to 4:30 p.m., East Room (room 8008 Roy Carver Pavilion) at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Registration is required - UI Hospitals and Clinics staff may register online at http://iowa.uihc.uiowa.edu; faculty and students may register by calling April Latta at 319-356-2830.

Friday, Jan. 21
-- "Access to Dental Care for Iowa's Children," Michael Kanellis, D.D.S., associate professor and chair of pediatric dentistry in the UI College of Dentistry; noon to 1 p.m., the Filling Station in the Dental Science Building.

-- "Health Care Concerns in the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community," a panel discussion focusing on the needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Zopf Auditorium B in the Pharmacy Building.

-- "blessing the boats," Sekou Sundiata's solo performance about the experience of uncontrolled high blood pressure, kidney failure and kidney transplant; 8 p.m., Hancher Auditorium (for ticket information, call 319-335-1160).

Saturday, Jan. 22
-- "blessing the boats," Sekou Sundiata's solo performance about the experience of uncontrolled high blood pressure, kidney failure and kidney transplant; 8 p.m., Hancher Auditorium (for ticket information, call 319-335-1160).

Tuesday, Jan. 25
-- "White Privilege 101," a video and discussion, with desserts; 3 to 4 p.m., room 20 in the Nursing Building.

Wednesday, Jan. 26
-- "Linking Cultural Competence, Health Disparity and Research," Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., dean, Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., professor, and Tess Judge-Ellis, assistant professor (clinical), all from the UI College of Nursing; noon to 1:30 p.m., Heritage Room (room 133) in the Nursing Building.

Thursday, Jan. 27
-- "White Privilege 101," a video and discussion, with desserts; noon to 1 p.m., room 20 in the Nursing Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 1
-- Visiting lecture and reception, Robert L. Smith, director of College Access Programs at the University of Northern Iowa; noon to 1 p.m., location to be announced (visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~gohealth/ for updates).

For more information on the events on the health sciences campus, contact Mary Mathew Wilson at 319-335-7589. For information on other Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week events sponsored by the UI Office of Student Life, visit their Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~mlk/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.