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March 25, 2009

Public invited to discuss health care reform April 2

The University of Iowa College of Public Health will join the Concord Coalition for a public discussion on health care financing and reform at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 2, in Des Moines. The event also will mark the establishment of the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare, one of several regional fiscal advisory councils formed to gather public recommendations on health care reform.

The session will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom of the Renaissance Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St. This dialogue comes after the White House Forum on Health Care held March 23 in Des Moines.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. To view a full schedule of events and to register, visit:

"Health reform should address the health care coverage needs of individuals, and also offer assurance that there is continuity between services provided by the health care system," said Christopher Atchison, associate dean for public health practice in the UI College of Public Health. "Focusing attention on the outcomes of the health system as well as its costs is part of the 'value equation' the College of Public Health and this conference are addressing, in partnership with the Concord Coalition."

A nationwide, nonpartisan grassroots organization, the Concord Coalition ( has founded a series of regional projects -- fiscal advisory councils -- that allow the public to provide leadership on the financial challenges facing the nation. The coalition has partnered with the UI College of Public Health and organized the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare. The committee's goal is to identify consensus-based principles for high-value, fiscally responsible health care reform.

The April 2 event will provide an overview of the fiscal challenges presented by the increasing amounts of publicly and privately held debt; a discussion on the critical role that health care financing plays in our nation's economy; and an update on federal health reform proposals with special emphasis on the emerging principles concerning revenues and expenditures.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,