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Jan. 14, 2004

UI Health Sciences Events Set As Part Of Human Rights Week

Deborah Turner, M.D., a Des Moines physician and member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will kick off a series of health sciences events as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week, Jan. 20-28, on the University of Iowa health sciences campus.

Turner will present, "Quality Health Care: An African-American Doctor's View," from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in room 2117 in the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Turner also will discuss, "Academic Medicine's Role in Addressing Health Disparities," from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20 in room 2117 MERF. Refreshments will be served before the lecture, beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the MERF atrium.

Following are other Human Rights Week events scheduled on the UI health sciences campus:

-- Tuesday, Jan. 20
" Demystifying Disability," Cherie Clark, disability policy consultant; Mike Hoenig and Ann Riley, UI Center for Disabilities and Development; Sue Mosetick, IL/IA Center for Independent Living; 2 to 3:30 p.m., room 102 in the UI Center for Disabilities and Development.

-- Wednesday, Jan. 21
" Interpreters and Translators in Health Care," Ozzie Diaz-Duque, Ph.D., interpreter and translator at UI Hospitals and Clinics and lecturer in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese; 8 to 10 a.m, East Room (8008 RCP) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Race: The Power of an Illusion - The Difference Between Us;" 9 to 10 a.m., 22 Nursing Building.

"Putting Pippy Away" and "Closer the Kin," Patricia "Tisch" Jones, professor in the UI Department of Theatre Arts, and members of the Darwin Turner Initiative; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., East Room (8008 RCP) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Video: "A Different Place," faculty conversation about recognizing students' experiences of cultural differences in the classroom; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., S538 Pharmacy Building.

"Dimensions of Culture and Communication," Japhia Jayasingh-Ramkuma, M.D., assistant professor (clinical) in the UI Department of Internal Medicine, and Virginia Spiegel Woodard, Ph.D., curriculum coordinator in the UI Carver College of Medicine; 2 to 4 p.m., East Room (8008 RCP) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

-- Thursday, Jan. 22
" Race: The Power of an Illusion - The Story We Tell;" 9 to 10 a.m., 20 Nursing Building.

"Human Rights and American Indian Health," Joe Coulter, Ph.D., UI associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa; noon to 1 p.m., room C-322 GH (pulmonary conference room) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Voices: Experiences of Giving or Receiving Health Care," readings of poetry or prose that express personal experiences of giving or receiving care in a culturally diverse health care environment; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., S533 Pharmacy Building.

-- Friday, Jan. 23
" Reducing Barriers: Working with Diverse Populations," resource materials table, 7:45 to 10 a.m., Zopf Auditoria lobby, Pharmacy Building.

"Race: The Power of an Illusion - The House We Live In;" 9 to 10 a.m., 20 Nursing Building.

"Serving a Culturally Diverse Population," Hayley Harvey, D.D.S., section chief for dental services at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines; noon to 1 p.m., room N212 (Oral B Seminar Room) in the Dental Sciences Building.

"Serving the Underserved: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes," Christopher Okiishi, M.D., of the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa in Iowa City and Maureen Connolly, M.D., of the Free Medical Clinic in Iowa City; 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., room 1110A Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

"Education and Health Care: Right or Privilege?" Richard J. Mark, vice president of Ameron in St. Louis, Mo.; 3 p.m. lecture and 4 p.m. reception, room 283 (Seebohm Conference Room) in the Eckstein Medical Research Building.

-- Wednesday, Jan. 28
" Research with Underrepresented Groups," Mickey Eliason, Ph.D., associate professor, and Janette Taylor, Ph.D., assistant professor, both in the UI College of Nursing; noon to 1:30 p.m., 131 Nursing Building.

All events are free and open to the public. The events are coordinated and supported by the Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences. For more information, call 319-353-5492.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,