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Media Advisory: UAlbany School of Public Health Joins Virtual Forum with National Policymakers

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 17, 2006)

The University at Albany's School of Public Health, along with 21 institutions from around the country will participate in a virtual town hall meeting where the public can tell policymakers how to change today's health care system to make it work for all Americans. The event, What is Your Health Worth? A National Conversation on Health Care, is hosted by the University of Michigan, along with the national Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a 15-member working group formed by Congress.

March 22, 2006, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live Webcast 7-9 p.m


  • Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan.

  • Pat Maryland, member of the Working Group and president of St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services Inc.

  • Catherine McLaughlin, professor of health management and policy at the U-M School of Public Health, and director of the U-M's Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured.

  • Deborah Stehr, member of the Working Group and health care advocate who serves as full-time care-giver for her adult son, Jonathan, who has cerebral palsy.

  • Kenneth Warner, dean of the U-M School of Public Health.

George Education Center Auditorium, School of Public Health, University at Albany, East Campus, One University Place, Rensselaer, N.Y.

Free and open to the public. The public can watch the proceedings via Web-streaming and offer comments and questions by e-mail. Visit: The UAlbany School of Public Health is collaborating with universities from the Big Ten and the Association of Schools of Public Health for the forum.

Through its partnership with the New York State Dept. of Health, UAlbany's School of Public Health offers students immediate access to internships at the Health Department, Albany Medical College and variety of other public and private health institutions throughout New York State. Students have unique access to study the most profound health issues facing us today: the threat of bioterrorism; the spread of HIV/AIDS and other emerging diseases; the lack of affordable and accessible healthcare for individuals and families; environmental hazards; substance abuse and social violence; maternal mortality in developing countries; the promises and threats of genetic engineering; protecting food and water supplies. For more information, visit the School of Public Health web site.


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