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Cultural Center

HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER presents a conference

New Directions in American Health Care:
Innovations From Home and Abroad

With participation and support from Hofstra University School of Education, Health and Human Services, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University School of Law, and the Hofstra University School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. 

Thursday and Friday
March 11 and 12, 2010

Papers | Photos | Program

Keynote Speakers:

Vicente Navarro, M.D., Ph.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Policy Studies, John Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Peter Zweifel, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Registration Program
Online Registration Has Closed, Though You Can Register On-Site

The United States faces social, political, economic and health burdens as a result of uninsured and underinsured residents. The future of U.S. health care reform is uncertain. Many other nations (while having long ago achieved universal coverage) have experimented over the past few decades with a spectrum of organizational innovations as they have grappled with issues of cost, quality, and persistent health disparities. A number of states and localities, such as Massachusetts, are working to provide universal or near-universal health care coverage. The experiences of other nations and the successes and failures of state and local efforts contain valuable lessons that should inform American health care policy. The goal of the New Directions in American Health Care conference is twofold: 1) to facilitate discussion from an interdisciplinary perspective around transferable solutions to continuing shortcomings in American health care finance and delivery a year into the new U.S. presidential administration; and 2) to help set a research and policy agenda to ameliorate critical dilemmas in coverage, cost and quality of health care.

For more information contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669, Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Vicente Navarro, M.D., Ph.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Policy Studies
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Hofstra University Presidential Scholar

Dr. Navarro is the author of The Political Economy of Social Inequalities: Consequences for Health and Quality of Life and The Politics of Health Policy: The U.S. Reforms, 1980-1994, among many other publications in a long and productive scholarly career. Dr. Navarro was a member of the White House Task Force on National Health Care Reform, chaired by then First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Peter Zweifel, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar

Dr. Zweifel is the world's foremost expert on the Swiss social health care system and an active participant in scholarly investigation of market-oriented European health care reform. His distinguished publication record in three languages (German, English and French) includes 10 books, more than four dozen scholarly articles, and dozens of contributions to edited volumes. His current research focuses on measurement of consumer preferences and consumer willingness to pay in health care markets.

Special Guests

Deborah Bachrach, J.D.
Health Care Attorney and Health Policy Consultant

Ms. Bachrach is the former New York State Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of health.

Howard B. Dean III, M.D.
Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency,
Hofstra University (2009-2010)

Dr. Dean served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, and served as governor of the state of Vermont from 1991 to 2003.

Conference Co-Directors:

Janet Dolgin, Ph.D., J.D.
Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law
Hofstra University

Rachel Kreier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Hofstra University

Corinne Kyriacou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Community Health Services
Hofstra University

Conference Coordinators:

Natalie Datlof
Executive Director
Hofstra Cultural Center

Athelene A. Collins
Senior Associate Director
Hofstra Cultural Center

Sustaining Conference Sponsors

Garfunkel Wild, PCEmblem HealthNSPC

Cooperating Organizations for the Conference

Hispanic Counseling Center   Long Island Council of Churches   MSNY   South Oaks