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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 2, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 32
Expert-to-Expert Town Hall to Focus on Health Care Disparities

'Who Will Care for Us? Who Will Receive Care?' caps Nursing celebration

The pervasive health care disparities now affecting millions of people throughout the United States will be the focus of a special expert-to-expert town hall hosted by the School of Nursing from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3.

The "Who Will Care for Us? Who Will Receive Care?" event marks the closing of the school's yearlong Hopkins Nursing Milestone Celebration and offers a unique opportunity for health care experts and local, state and federal legislators to share their perspectives on causes, results and solutions regarding health care disparities.

Nursing Dean Martha Hill will host the town hall, and ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson will moderate.

Panelists include Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health; Peter Beilenson, health commissioner of Baltimore City; Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, delegate to the Maryland General Assembly and chair of its Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee; Antonia M. Villarruel, associate professor and director of the Center for Health Promotion at the University of Michigan and vice president of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Association; Lonnie R. Bristow, former president of the American Medical Association and chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy Level Strategies for Increasing Diversity of the US Healthcare Workforce; Leo Nolan III, senior policy analyst-external affairs for the Office of the Director of the Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, Pfizer Scholar-in-Residence at Spelman College's Women's Research and Resource Center.

The town hall is "the capstone of a Milestones Celebration year during which Hopkins Nursing honored our past successes and marked our current accomplishments," Hill said. "This event now lays the foundation for a future that will see the School of Nursing continue to be ranked among the top tier of schools nationwide that are known for excellence in community health nursing and outreach to populations in need."

The event will be held in the School of Nursing's Alumni Auditorium and is open to all.


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