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March 27, 2001
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Northwest Indiana Healthcare Professionals Gather to
Address the Elimination of Disparities in Health Care
IU Northwest Presents First Mary Mahoney Lecture Series

Health Care professionals from Northwest Indiana and interested community members will come together at Indiana University Northwest to discuss Best Practices in Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare. The morning event will be on Wednesday, April 4 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, and is part of the School of Nursing's, Mary Mahoney Lecture Series. 

The featured speaker for the lecture series will be Dr. Patricia Ludwig-Beymer, and she will address issues concerning trends in health care delivery, and the study of culture and nursing. Her experience in the health care field and as a medical faculty member has been acknowledged with numerous awards and distinctions. Currently, Ludwig-Beymer serves as administrator of clinical excellence at Advocate Health Care, the largest fully integrated health delivery system in metropolitan Chicago. At Advocate, she oversees care management, patient safety, research, and continuing education. 

 "The Mary Mahoney Series itself is a diversity initiative. It was designed to promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas that support access to quality health care to the working poor and vulnerable populations," says associate dean of nursing Deena Nardi, of Ludwig-Beymer. "We are happy to have such a distinguished health care professional join us for the discussion of eliminating disparities in health care. She is recognized for her research and publications addressing the issue."

The Mary Mahoney Lecture Series is funded by the IU Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Diversity, and promotes education on the history and traditions of the nursing profession. It also provides information on the accomplishments of minority leaders in the profession who helped shape it. The series itself was named for the first African American woman who graduated from a school of nursing in the United States. Born in Boston in 1845, Mary Eliza Mahoney is hailed for her courage in thwarting racial bias. She changed the face of nursing when after her graduation Black students began to be accepted into nursing schools. She was known for her excellent nursing skills and professionalism, along with her ability to inspire others to work together for human rights.

"Being able to educate and generate dialogue with health care professionals and the community through the Mary Mahoney Lectures Series is very much a part of the university's Shared Vision and its commitment to community. The vision of individuals like Mary Mahoney, as well as Dr. Ludwg-Beymer, serves as reminder that people must work together to make a difference," says School of Nursing dean Linda Rooda." I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful dialogue between campus and community."

The morning event will begin with coffee and registration from 8 to 9 a.m. Ludwig-Beymer will speak from 9 to 11 a.m., with a question and answer session immediately following. The Mary Mahoney Lecture Series is open to the community free of charge. For more information telephone the IU School of Nursing, Northwest Campus at 219-980-6603.

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