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May 21, 2009

Iowa's lessons for national health reform are the focus of May 28 meeting

What qualities make Iowa's health care so exceptional, and how might these elements be incorporated into federal health reform efforts? These questions will be explored at a meeting to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the Terrace Ballroom of the Renaissance Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St. in Des Moines.

The meeting, "Value in Healthcare and the Lessons Learned in Iowa," is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To view a full schedule of events and to register, visit

"President Obama and congressional leaders have committed to reform the U.S. health system this year, and Iowa's own Senators Harkin and Grassley are playing key roles in shaping what the national policy approach will be," said Christopher Atchison, meeting co-chair and associate dean for public health practice in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

"It will be a complex and probably highly politicized debate, but it's one in which Iowans need to be engaged. This meeting will provide an up-to-the-minute review of the issues in health reform and provide Iowans an opportunity to have their voices heard," Atchison said.

Featured speakers include national health policy experts who will provide current perspectives on federal health reform efforts. In addition, a panel of state experts will discuss why Iowa is recognized for such high-value, high-quality health care.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa Committee for Value in Healthcare, a fiscal advisory council formed to gather public recommendations on health care reform. The committee is a partnership of the UI College of Public Health and the Concord Coalition.

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,