The University of Iowa

2008: Conference Schedule

Friday April 11th



Opening:  Dr. Mary Hansen, Formerly Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Currently Faculty at Des Moines University Department of Global Health.

2:30-6 pm (Break 4:00-4:15 pm )

1. Introductory Plenary: Comparing Health Care Policy and Measuring Health

Chair:  Chris Squier

Is there an international standard in health care policy? - Joe White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department of Political Science, Case Western University

Measuring Health Around the World - Gabriel Gulis, Unit for Health Promotion Research, Institute of Public Health of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

2.Why No National Health Insurance in the US?

Chair:  Paul Greenough

The Lost Reform: Six Lessons from a Long History- Colin Gordon, Dept History, University of Iowa

3. Drug Access, Health and Healthcare –Advancing Health or Wealth?

Chair: Hazel Seaba
Stephen Schondelmeyer, Head, Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

6:00-7:00 pm

Buffet Dinner- IMU Main Lounge


Evening Film Followed by Discussion: Sicko (Dir. Michael Moore)

Chair:   Micki McCue

Saturday April 12th

9:00-12:30 am (Break 11:00-11:15)

4. Etiology of Health & Health Disparities

Chair:  Micki McCue

Determinants of Global Population Health and Development - Stephen Bezruchka, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, U of Washington 

Health and globalization; a global social movements approach –David Legge, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, and Coordinator of the International People’s Health University.

The 90/10 disease/resource gap; impact on the potential for advancing global health, - Charles A. Gardner, Senior Advisor on Research Strategy to the World Health Organization, and Adjunct Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Columbia University.

5. Whose responsibility is healthcare? Lessons from Addressing AIDS

Chair:  Lar Fuortes

AIDS, Health and Health Care - Alfredo E. Vergara, Deputy Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health

International responses to AIDS - Cristiana Bastos- Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

12:45-1:30 pm


1:30-2:15 pm - Breakouts

Collaborative Doers in Global Health Technology Transfer Partnerships

Chair: Usha Balakrishnan
President & CEO , CARTHA (Inspiring Partnerships for Global Good), Iowa City

Local health assessment- Douglas Beardsley, Director, Johnson County Public Health Department (Lucas Dodge Room, 2nd floor IMU).

Student Led Initiatives, Facing AIDS

Chair: Heather Byers, medical student

2:15- 2:30 pm



6. Health Equity- Health as a Human Right; Perspectives from Less Developed Nations on Social, Economic, and Political Implications and Responsibilities.

Chair: Kathleen Janz

Cuba’s Unique Approaches to Advancing Health Globally - Cedric Edwards, Program in Social Medicine and Primary Care, Montefiore Hospital, New York.

Supporting Women & Advancing Community Health- Zafrullah Chowdhury, Project Coordinator Gonoshasthaya Kendra, Gono Bishwabidyalay University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Providing information to less developed nations – Thomas Cook, Occupational & Environmental Health, College of Public Health

4:30 pm Adjourn

Sunday April 13th

9:00-1:00 pm

7. Healthcare Reform – Means and Mechanisms

Chair: David Bedell

Fragmented Insurance Versus A Universal Plan –Economics of U.S. Health Care- Miles Weinberger, Dept Pediatrics, University of Iowa

Cautionary Tales: Exporting Managed Care - Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor, Departments of Sociology, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico.

10:30-11:15am - Breakouts

Role of alternative medicine in a health care system

Jean Ellis-Sankari, Director, Academy of Holistic Health and Human Services, University of New Mexico, Taos.

Medical Education in Cuba

Cedric Edwards, Program in Social Medicine and Primary Care, Montefiore Hospital, New York. (Richey Ballroom)


Thomas Cook, Director, Occupational & Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa


8. Whither Iowa?

Chair: Chris Squier

Public Health as a Modifier of Health Disparities- Michele Yehieli, Associate Professor and Director, Iowa Center on Health Disparities, University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Grey, Professor and Director, Iowa Center on Immigrant Leadership and Integration; University of Northern Iowa

Funding models and policy- Peter Damiano, Director, University of Iowa Public Policy Center

Concluding comments; Dean Jim Merchant, College of Public Health
Representative Ro Foege, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Conclude 1:00 pm