State Health Commissioner to Discuss Health Reform Agenda

October 11, 2007

Richard F. Daines, M.D.

New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will discuss Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s agenda for increasing access to affordable, high-quality health care for all New Yorkers at noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Sarah Flaum Atrium.

Daines will highlight efforts to expand access to primary and preventive care through reforms in reimbursement, health information technology, and graduate medical education. His lecture is one of a series sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Center in observance of National Primary Care Week, Oct. 15-20.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about future policies and programs for our state’s poor and uninsured populations,” said Thomas L. Campbell, M.D., William Rocktaschel Professor and chair of Family Medicine.

Other topics for the 12 to 1 p.m. lectures include:

  • Monday - the Rev. Glenn Alexander will discuss Rochester Children’s Zone, in the Upper S Auditorium (3-7619);
  • Tuesday - Larry Jacobs, M.D., professor emeritus of Medicine, and Leon Zoghlin, M.D., professor of Family Medicine and a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, and Emily Queenan, M.D., of the Department of Family Medicine, will discuss a national health program in the Case Method Room (1-9576);
  • Thursday - Louise Bennett, M.D., of Westside Health Services, will address refugee medicine in Rochester; and,
  • Friday - Mary Younge, of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, and Carlos Swanger, M.D., of Health Care for the Homeless, will lead a homeless healthcare panel in the Adolph Auditorium (1-7619).

In addition, there will be a health fair for children and parents from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at School No. 7, 31 Bryan St.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and Center for Primary Care and the University of Rochester Chapter of  the American Medical Student Association. For more information about the lecture series, contact Matthew Malek, president of the local AMSA chapter.

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