Health-care expert to give progress report on Affordable Care Act

Karen DavisA nationally renowned expert on the U.S. health-care system will speak at Manchester University.

Karen Davis is director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at Johns Hopkins University. The center, which is part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, explores practical, cost-effective approaches to comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health care for chronically ill people.

She will give a progress report on the Affordable Care Act and how it is beginning to change the way in which health care is organized, delivered and financed. The Harry ’35 and Jeanette Henney Lecture is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. It is free and open to the public.

Davis will examine early evidence that our health system is yielding better care and patient outcomes at lower cost. The presentation is part of the University’s Values, Ideas and the Arts series.

An economist with a career in public policy and research, Davis was president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy focused on independent research on health and social policy issues. Davis served as deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1977 to 1980.

She will also speak Oct. 1 at the MU Fort Wayne campus to students, faculty and invited professionals, as space allows. For more information, contact the Office of the President at 260-982-5050.

The Henney lectureship was established by Dr. Jane E. Henney, a 1969 graduate of Manchester and former member of its Board of Trustees, to honor her parents. She was the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Sept. 15, 2015

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