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Student group to host health care discussion panel

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-5602

10/19/09

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Pre-Medical Society will host a free public panel discussion on health care reform and how it could affect Alaskans Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the Davis Concert Hall on the UAF campus.

"The UAF pre-med society's goal is to offer the public useful information and discussion on health care reform in understandable language," said Nick Bajada, public relations officer for the society and an undergraduate in UAF's biomedical program.

Panelists include Richard Seifert, a UAF professor and member of the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation Board; state Sen. Joe Paskvan, vice chairman of the Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee; Melanie Arthur, UAF assistant professor of sociology; Mike Powers, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital CEO and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; state Rep. John Coghill, member of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee and the HESS finance subcommittee; Lloyd Hilling, Tanana Valley Campus economics instructor; and Dr. Mark Simon, medical director of Golden Heart Emergency Physicians.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Seating is limited.

CONTACT: Nick Bajada, UAF Pre-Medical Society public relations officer, nickbajada@gmail.com. Marie Gilbert, Institute of Arctic Biology information officer, at 907-474-7412 or megilbert@alaska.edu.

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