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Oct. 9, 2007

Hansen Award recipient Steven A. Schroeder to speak Oct. 12

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has selected Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., to receive the 2007 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship. Schroeder is a distinguished professor of health and health care at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Schroeder will deliver the Hansen Distinguished Lecture, "Pathways to Better Health: Some Run Through Healthcare Systems, Some Do Not." His presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be given during the 29th Annual Iowa Healthcare Executive Symposium. The lecture will be presented in the Main Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.

"Dr. Schroder's remarkable leadership in numerous health-related areas has benefited millions of lives," said James A. Merchant, dean of the UI College of Public Health. "His insights into the American health care system promise to be candid and thought-provoking. We're very pleased to have him speak and to honor him with the 2007 Hansen Leadership Award."

During his visit to the UI campus, Schroeder will meet with students, faculty, elected officials and local health care leaders to discuss current health care issues.

Schroeder is also the director of UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that aims to increase smoking cessation rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit.

Between 1990 and 2002 Schroeder served as president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation made more than $4 billion in grants expenditures, and it developed new programs in substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children, among others.

Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and he trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital. He has published extensively in the fields of clinical medicine, health care financing and organization, prevention, public health, the health work force, and tobacco control. He has received numerous honors and has been awarded six honorary doctoral degrees.

The Hansen Award, and an accompanying $10,000 honorarium, is given annually by the College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, high ethical standards and an enduring commitment to improving health care on a national and international level. The award is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City. The Hansen's gift, made in 2000, was the first contribution in the College of Public Health's Founding Partner program.

For more information about the Hansen Award, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Writer: Brandy Huseman

PHOTO: A web-quality photo of Steven Schroeder is available at