Press Release for Thursday, September 4, 2008

Center for Global Health Hosts Forum on Health Care Reform

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at the University of North Florida will host a Forum on Health Care Reform from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the University Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Forum will bring together distinguished guest speakers with expertise in health care reform from global and national perspectives, followed by two panels comprised of regional experts in patient care, education, bioscience industry and research. This panel will discuss how health care reform may affect the individual and economic health of Northeast Florida.

Opening remarks will be made by UNF President John A. Delaney. Keynote speakers include Dr. Ian Morrison, an internationally-known author, consultant and futurist, specializing in the future of health care and the changing business environment; Dr. Otmar Kloiber, secretary general for the World Medical Association with global experience and expertise in health care change; and Dr. Cecil Wilson, past chair of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians as well as a national expert in health care reform and medical care.

Another highlight of the Forum will be the presentation of a new edition of the Northeast Florida Health Care and Bioscience Industry Economic Impact Report, which was first presented at the Caring Community Conference last September at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island.

The three-day Community Caring Conference, hosted by the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF, brought together a diverse group of more than 100 community, civic, government and health care leaders that examined issues, analyzed assets and formulated recommendations and actions to enhance the community’s health and health care/bioscience industry.

UNF’s Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy was formed in 2007. Dr. Yank D. Coble, past president of the World Medical Association, American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association, serves as its director. The Center’s mission is to foster global understanding and collective action for improving health and medical care.

For more information about this event, contact the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at (904) 620-1211 or by e-mail at