A panel discussion about health care reform will be an integral part of the Southern Mississippi Area Health Education Center’s 2009 Public Health Symposium set for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center.
Titled, “Mississippi’s Public Health: Challenges, Growth and Progress,” the symposium is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m in Ballroom III. There is no registration fee.
“The general public, as a whole, will benefit from this symposium, not just health care professionals,” said Dr. Robert Press, assistant professor of political science at Southern Miss and the panel discussion moderator. “And we’ve left enough time at the end to have a question-and-answer session to discuss any of the topics covered during the symposium.”
Featured speakers include Dr. Paul Byers with the Mississippi Department of Health; Dr. Benito Valesquez, associate professor in Human Performance & Recreation at Southern Miss and Dr. Elaine Molaison, associate professor in Nutrition & Food Systems at Southern Miss.
Byers’ session will focus on preparing for an epidemic; Velasquez will discuss the role of the athletic trainer in today’s health care system, while Molaison will talk about health policy and childhood obesity in Mississippi. The panel discussion about health care reform is set for 2-3:15 p.m.
For more information contact Gina Fiorentini-Wright at 601.266.4839.
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