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Forum to address timely health care issues

Oct. 14, 2009

Note: State Rep. Kate Segal, vice chair of the House Subcommittee on Health, will not be speaking at this event, as was previously announced. Segal was never scheduled to appear on the health care panel. Her name was included in error.

KALAMAZOO--A variety of issues related to health care in Michigan and the nation will be discussed during a Health Care Forum at Western Michigan University from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Schneider Hall's Brown Auditorium.

Topics to be addressed include how health care can be fixed, the affect Michigan's budget difficulties are having on health care, and whether coverage for all will result in access for all.

Moderating the event will be Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of WMU's Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Participating panel members

  • Dr. Elizabeth A. Burns, a medical doctor and president of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.
  • Dr. William H. Fenn, WMU professor of physician assistant.
  • Mark T. Gaffney, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO.
  • State Rep. Robert Jones, D-Kalamazoo, a member of the House Committee on Senior Health, Security and Retirement.
  • Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwartz, a medical doctor and Republican from Battle Creek who also served 15 years in the state Senate.

The health forum is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by WMU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the Western Association of Retired Faculty.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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