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IU Northwest College of Health and Human Services sponsors healthcare forum, visit by former U.S. Surgeon General

As part of its commitment to advancing healthcare in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area, the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana University Northwest will sponsor two important events this month. The first will be a Health Care Forum on Oct. 23, where two campus faculty members will debate differing approaches to achieving universal healthcare. The second event will take place as part of the Sinai Forum Presented by Purdue University North Central and will feature former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, who will give an address on healthcare reform at Elston Middle School in Michigan City.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Auditorium, CHHS will host a Health Care Forum featuring Professor of Sociology Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of SPEA Samuel Flint, Ph.D., who will debate two very different approaches toward achieving universal healthcare coverage. The forum will be moderated by Associate Professor of SPEA Susan Zinner, J.D. The public and the campus community are invited and encouraged to attend this free civic event, in which participants and the audience will have an opportunity to look at the many critical issues surrounding U.S. healthcare, one of the most important subjects being debated this election season.

This event is free and open to the public. The Savannah Center is located in the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., CHHS, along with the IU School of Medicine — Northwest, will sponsor an appearance by Dr. Antonia Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General under President George H.W. Bush, as part of the Sinai Forum Presented by Purdue University North Central. Dr. Novello will address the topic of “U.S. Health Care Reform” in a presentation at Elston Middle School, located at 317 Detroit St. in Michigan City.

Dr. Novello, who has also served as UNICEF Special Representative for Health and Nutrition and, from 1999 until 2007, as the New York State Commissioner of Health, was the first woman and the first Hispanic named as the country’s top doctor. In her role as Surgeon General, Novello focused particularly on health risks to America’s youth. Prior to that, Novello served as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, where she worked in particular to address the issue of pediatric AIDS. In her role as UNICEF representative, Novello traveled the globe in an effort to raise knowledge and awareness about childhood health and nutrition issues.

Throughout her career, Novello has earned her reputation as an outspoken advocate of public health. Now, in her visit to Northwest Indiana, Novello will address the critical topic of healthcare reform: what it should entail, how it may be accomplished, and what it means for America’s citizens.

Tickets to the Oct. 26 Sinai Forum event may be purchased by calling (219) 785-5697. Students from any Northwest Indiana or Chicago-area campus may attend the event for free with a valid student ID. For more information on the Sinai Forum, visit the Web at



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Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello
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