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March 10, 2006

March 24-26 Conference Addresses Medical Consequences Of War

A conference in Iowa City March 24-26 will explore the medical consequences of war and the health challenges faced by the men and women on the battlefield as well as by family, friends and communities back home.

Sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Public Health, "Medical Consequences Of War: Health Challenges Beyond The Battlefield" is open to students and the public but is particularly suited for physicians, physicians' assistants, nurses, social workers, veterans and veterans' families.

The first conference event begins with a free, public screening and discussion of the film "Scenes Behind the Headlines: An Iraq War Montage" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Terrace Room of the UI's Iowa Memorial Union. The conference is all day Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will take place in the Hotel Vetro Studio Suites & Convention Center, 201 S. Linn St. The final conference event will be Sunday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon in the lower level Johnson Room of the Hotel Sheraton in downtown Iowa City.

Fees are required for the conference on Saturday. The Sunday meeting is free with breakfast available for a fee. Full information on the conference may be found on the conference web site at http://www.iowa-psr.org/mcw-00-home.html. Further information is available by calling Maureen McCue at 319-828-4789, or emailing her at mickiq@earthlink.net.

Other conference events include a reception, dinner and lecture March 25 titled "Providing Health Care in an Undeclared War: The Case of Haiti," with guest speaker Evan Lyon, M.D., of Partners in Health, and a National Strategy Session on "Confronting Militarism by Prioritizing Health" March 26.

U.S. President and Gen. Dwight Eisenhower once said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of scientists, the hopes of its children."

Eisenhower's words resonate with the Iowa Chapter of PSR, which is organizing the conference.

The devastation left in war torn countries begins long before and continues long after, in the land, minds and bodies of the affected population on both sides of a conflict, including threats to the health and well-being of military personnel, their families and communities. This conference will address these more chronic and less visible effects.

This conference will discuss the less-often considered health consequences of war that manifest not only in the direct conflict areas, but domestically as well. The program features a balance between formal presentations by experts and roundtable discussions designed to engage the audience.

Several of the conference topics include mental health problems caused by war on civilians, refugees and military personnel, caring for war wounded, unique war-related threats to women, ethics and duties of health care providers, health care provider participation in torture, and the use of health care as a healthier foreign policy initiate to prevent terrorism.

The conference will feature dozens of globally noted speakers and health experts personally invested in these issues, among them such world-renowned speakers as John Pastore, Evan Kanter and Judith Cook.

The Iowa Chapter of PSR is the statewide chapter of the National PSR, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to preserving people's health and well being through research, education and advocacy.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Maureen McCue, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, 319-828-4789, mickiq@earthlink.net; Writer: Steve Pradarelli