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April 28, 2008

UI co-hosting April 29 program for free medical clinic providers

Health care specialists from the University of Iowa are partnering with Cedar Rapids Community Health Free Clinic and the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic to hold a free, half-day continuing education program April 29 for health care professionals who treat patients through the free clinics.

The seminar will be from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the South Slope Community Center, located at 980 N. Front St. in North Liberty. Seminar topics will include Medicaid eligibility and options; common gynecological problems/treatments in a free medical clinic setting; hypertension; and building motivation for healthful behavior change. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Medical Education in the UI Carver College of Medicine at 319-335-8599.

For many uninsured and underserved individuals and families in Linn and Johnson counties, free clinics are their only access to basic medical care.

Most of the physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, social workers and other health professionals who staff the clinics donate their time and expertise. About a third of these volunteers are retired, which makes accessible and affordable continuing education an important consideration, said Joel Gordon, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and program director.

"Providing continuing education for health care providers allows these professionals to keep up to date so they can provide state-of-the-art health care to the patients they serve," Gordon said. "Faculty and staff at the free medical Clinics asked us to provide updates on various topics. UI faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health are teaming together to provide this information for them."

The April 29 program is the first of several planned over the coming months to provide the latest information to health care providers who serve the free clinics. South Slope Community Center donated the meeting space and Hy-Vee Food Store in Coralville donated refreshments for the program.

NOTE TO EDITORS: National "Cover the Uninsured Week" is April 27 to May 3. Reporters are welcome to cover the April 29 program.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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