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Aug. 21, 2009

Lecture and symposium Sept. 18 to focus on medical home concept

Stephen Shortell, Ph.D., a dean and professor in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss "The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Its Role in Health Care Reform" at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The Richard and Barbara Hansen Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Patient Centered Medical Home Symposium, presented by the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Shortell is an expert on organized health delivery systems in the United States. He has done extensive research on institutional incentives for improving quality of care and health outcomes, particularly when related to the management of patients with chronic illness.

Registration is now under way at for the Patient Centered Medical Home Symposium intended for members of the Iowa health community and others interested in improving health care delivery.

The symposium will focus on patient-centered medical home, a way to improve health in the United States by providing comprehensive, high-quality health care. In this model, a personal physician coordinates aspects of an integrated service for patients. Speakers at this symposium will discuss the issues surrounding the implementation of the medical home concept in Iowa and across the nation.

"The medical home concept was developed in response to concerns about the coordination of health care within our complex health care delivery system," said Pete Damiano, director of the UI Public Policy Center. "It is now part of the larger discussion of health care reform."

"The goal of patient-centered care as it is found in the medical home can help the nation achieve improvements in chronic disease outcomes and quality of life," Chris Atchison, associate dean of the UI College of Public Health, said. "This conference, convened in partnership with the state Medical Home Advisory Council, will hear from innovators who have established similar systems and provide the council with information that will inform the General Assembly about the steps Iowa should take to achieve the promise of the medical home."

The Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy is a regular public series presented by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center to provide a forum for dialogue about policy issues from an applied, academic and interdisciplinary perspective.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the free public lecture, contact Jean Willard at or call 319-335-6800.

Registration for the full, daylong symposium is $50, $25 for a full-time student; the fee includes lunch. Fees are nonrefundable after Sept. 1.
To register for the symposium or learn more about the program and speakers, visit or contact the Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Peter Damiano, UI Public Policy Center, 319-335-6800,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Tessa McLean