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Aug. 18, 2005

Wolinsky To Speak On Health Services Research, Older Adults Aug. 25

Fredric D. Wolinsky, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor and the John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy, and associate director for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center of Excellence in Health Services Research and Development at the VA Iowa City Health Care System, will deliver the 2005-06 UI College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture Aug. 25.

Wolinsky's presentation, "The Best Care Possible: The Role of Health Services Research in Improving Public Health," will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF). The lecture is free and open to the public.

A leading researcher on the health and health behavior of older adults, Wolinsky will place health services research in the context of public health by citing three aging-related studies conducted earlier this year. Examples will be drawn from the African American Health Project, the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) controlled trial and the Survey of Assets and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old. Wolinsky will discuss the results of these studies and how public health interventions can improve older Americans' quality of life and use of health services.

Wolinsky received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Friends University in 1972 and a master's degree in sociology from Drake University in 1974. He then earned a doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University in 1977. Before joining the UI College of Public Health in 2003, Wolinsky held several research and academic positions, including professor of medicine at Indiana University and professor of health services research at Saint Louis University.

Wolinsky has earned many honors, including induction into Phi Beta Kappa as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar, the St. Martin de Porres Teacher of the Year Award from St. Louis University, the prestigious National Institutes of Health MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association and recognition as one of the 250 most cited public health researchers in the world by the Institute for Scientific Information. His research program has been continuously funded by the NIH for 25 years, and has resulted in the publication of 142 journal articles, 29 book chapters and four books.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Kathy Hicklin at the UI College of Public Health at 319-384-5491.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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