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Media Contact: Kathi Baker 13 October 2004    
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U. Michigan President Lectures at Emory on the Problem of 45 Million Uninsured Americans
Mary Sue Coleman, PhD, President of the University of Michigan, will present a free public lecture October 25 at Emory University on the host of medical, economic and social problems posed by the estimated 45 million Americans who lack health insurance.

President Coleman served as co-chair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance along with co-chair Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, chair of emergency medicine at Emory. The Committee's sixth and final report, issued earlier this year, recommended that the U.S. offer universal health care coverage by the year 2010 that would be affordable for individuals and families and sustainable by society.

In its series of studies, the committee estimated that 18,000 persons a year die unnecessarily due to lack of coverage. In addition, even the health care of middle-class Americans is affected because the millions of uninsured persons financially destabilize the nation's hospitals and clinics with health problems that could be treated more economically and effectively if caught earlier, the committee said.

Following President Coleman's lecture, a panel will discuss the health insurance policy debate and what role it is likely to play in the upcoming Presidential election. The panel of Emory experts includes:

· Merle Black, PhD, Asa G. Candler Professor of Politics and Government. Dr. Black is the foremost authority on politics in the South, and is often called upon by national media to discuss American national government, southern politics, political parties, and elections.

· Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kellermann is a practicing emergency physician at Grady Hospital and served as Co-Chair of the IOM Committee with Dr. Coleman.

· Randolph P. Martin, MD, Associate Dean of Medicine for Clinical Development, director of the Echocardiology Lab at Emory University Hospital, and Professor in the School of Medicine. Dr. Martin pioneered Emory's Mini-Medical School and has been medical correspondent for WSB-TV in Atlanta for ten years.

· Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management. Dr. Thorpe is highly regarded nationally as a healthcare policy analyst and is a frequent commentator on healthcare issues for national media. He works with agencies and policymakers to develop and evaluate alternative approaches for providing health insurance to the uninsured.

President Coleman is a professor of biological chemistry in the University of Michigan Medical School and a professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. From 1995-2002, she was President of the University of Iowa.

Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997, she is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. President Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College, where she currently serves as a trustee of the college. Her doctorate in biochemistry was awarded by the University of North Carolina.

The lecture will be held in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 25. Call 404-712-9266 for more information.

This lecture series is made possible with support from the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Fund, Inc.

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