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Nov. 6, 2006

Lecture Series Wraps Up Nov. 9 With Immigrant Healthcare Discussion

"Helping the Underserved: Problems in Immigrant Health Care" will be the focus of the final lecture in the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) "Careers for Change" lecture series this fall semester. Two experts, David Bedell and Michele Yehieli, will discuss providing health care to underserved populations -- especially immigrant communities -- at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the International Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre on the UI campus.

While the talks are geared toward students interested in post-graduation careers in human-rights related fields, the series is free and open to UI faculty, staff and the public.

Yehieli, an associate professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa, has worked to expand healthcare to those in need throughout her career. Currently, Yehieli is the executive director of the Iowa EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, a model organization funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations.

Bedell, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Iowa, worked as a volunteer physician in El Salvador for eight years before coming to Iowa. Today, Bedell continues to help those living in an "at-risk population" by directing the Lone Tree Family Practice Center, which provides health care for immigrants and the rural elderly.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Weismann, 319-335-0483 or Liz Crooks, UICHR, at 319-335-3900; Writer, Aaron Myers.