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U of M Will Host Public Health Policy Forum on Affordable Care Act Sept. 25

For release: September 19, 2013
For press information, contact Julie Graves, 901/678-4299

The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis will host its first Public Health Policy Symposium, “Affordable Care Act: Opportunity Knocks for the Nation and Shelby County,” Sept. 25 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast and will end at 11 a.m. 

There is no charge to attend.

Speakers will include U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen; Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.; Yvonne Madlock, director of Memphis & Shelby County Health Department; Susan Cooper, chief integration officer and senior vice president of ambulatory services for The Med; M. Paige Powell, assistant professor of health systems and policy at the University of Memphis; Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of Memphis Business Group on Health; and Christopher Ramsey, director of the Office of Health Care Reform at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

The speakers will offer their perspectives on the Affordable Health Care Act and the impact anticipated on Shelby County residents. “We’ve assembled an impressive group of panelists who represent a breadth of health care expertise and who are equipped to facilitate a dialogue about implications of health care reform for our local community,” said Dr. Lisa Klesges, dean of the School of Public Health.

The School of Public Health improves public health, promotes health equity, and is producing the next generation of leaders through innovation and excellence in interdisciplinary education, research, service and community engagement. “We believe that this symposium aligns with our mission to help provide evidence and support for community health improvement,” said Klesges.

Seating is limited. Send RSVPs to For more information, contact Julie Graves at 901-678-4299 or

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