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February 16, 2012 - 9:48am

Nationally Recognized Health-Care Experts Lead Panel Discussions at Arizona Health Forum, ‘Achieving Affordable Health Care,’ Saturday, March 3

Arizonans will have a chance to ask questions of nationally recognized health-care experts who will discuss challenges to the U.S. health-care system and address the facts and myths about the impact of changes in health-care programs, laws and policies at the Arizona Health Forum, “Achieving Affordable Health Care,” Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., (sign-in is from noon-1 p.m.), on the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Forum attendees can chose two of three interactive panel discussions, which will be held 2:15-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5 p.m. in Roy P. Drachman Hall, 1295 N. Martin Ave.:
 
·       “Access to Health Care” (Room A114)
 
Mindy J. Fain, MD, co-director, Arizona Center on Aging; professor, Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
 
Tony Felix, BPharm, RPh, director of pharmacy services, El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson
 
Deborah Vincent, PhD, RN, FAANP, associate professor, UA College of Nursing
 
·        “Quality of Health Care” (Room B109)
 
Keith A. Joiner, MD, MPH, co-director, Center for Management Innovations in Health
Care, UA Eller College of Management
 
Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, professor; Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair; director, Center for Rural Health; section chair, Public Health Policy and Management, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
 
Andreas A. Theodorou, MD, professor and chief, Section of Pediatric Critical Care, and associate head, Department of Pediatrics, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; chief medical officer, The University of Arizona Medical Center
 
·        “The Rising Cost of Health Care” (Room B111)
 
Christopher Robertson, JD, PhD, associate professor, UA James E. Rogers College of Law
 
Robert K. Smoldt, emeritus chief administrative officer, Mayo Clinic; associate director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, Arizona State University
 
Paul Zucarelli, CPA, principal, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services of Arizona, Inc.
 
Check-in for the forum will be noon-1 p.m. in the lobby of DuVal Auditorium at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., where the forum’s keynote presentation, “A National Strategy for Health Care, will be held 1-2 p.m. The presentationby Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, distinguished professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and vice chairman, Canyon Ranch, will include a response by J. Lyle Bootman, PhD, ScD, UA senior vice president for health sciences.
 
Registration for the forum is requested by Wednesday, Feb. 29. For more information or to register, visit the website www.azhealthforum.org or contact Ephraim Peak, 520-477-1093, emailpartners@azhealthforum.org
 
A concurrent Health and Wellness Fair with free health information and screenings will be held 1:30-4:30 p.m., on the AHSC campus’ Walkway of Wellness at Roy P. Drachman Hall, 1295 N. Martin Ave. Pre-registration for the Health and Wellness Fair is not required. For more information, visit the website www.azhealthforum.org
 
Both events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Arizona Health Sciences Center (http://ahsc.arizona.edu) and local community groups, including UnitedHealthcare. Light refreshments will be provided by The University of Arizona Health Network, with water provided by Culligan. Free parking will be available in surrounding UA parking lots (see map at www.azhealthforum.org).
 
The Arizona Health Forum and Health and Wellness Fair flyer is available to view or download atwww.opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/sites/opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/files/uploads/AzHealthForumflyer.pdf
 
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About the panelists
 
Dr. Mindy FainMindy J. Fain, MD
 
Dr. Fain is co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging and a professor of medicine with the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. She is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, with interests in clinical care/models of care, geriatric education and training and research. She is chief of the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, and program director for the geriatric educational programs at the UA College of Medicine. She leads two statewide educational grants, the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center, a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded interprofessional geriatric training program. Dr. Fain directed a Veterans Administration Home-Based Primary Care Program for more than 25 years, providing team-based care in the home for people with advancing chronic conditions. She also built a nationally-renowned home telemonitoring program for patients with advancing heart failure, chronic lung disease, depression/post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obesity and/or diabetes, to improve quality of life and reduce costs.
 
Tony Felix, BPharm, RPhTony Felix, BPharm, RPh
 
Tony Felix is director of pharmacy services at El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, a clinical instructor for pharmacy practice and science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Midwestern College of Pharmacy, Glendale, Ariz. A 1977 graduate of the UA College of Pharmacy, in 2011 he received the college’s Danny and Rae Jacob Award for Pharmacy Practice, given to recognize outstanding pharmacy practitioners for their quality of practice and service to the community and profession. Over the last decade, he has had a major impact on community and ambulatory pharmacy practice both in Arizona and nationally. El Rio’s use of pharmacists in the management of patients with diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia has been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He also serves on the board of directors of APEXUS (www.apexus.org), the national 340B Prime Vendor Program, and as chairman of the Arizona Community Health Center Pharmacy Directors Association. He is a member of the Emergency Preparedness Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Pharmacy Task Force for Tucson. He also is a consultant for the HRSA Pharmacy Services Support Center.

Dr. Keith A JoinerKeith A. Joiner, MD, MPH

Dr. Joiner is co-director of the Center for Management Innovations in Healthcare in the Eller College of Management and professor of medicine, cellular and molecular medicine and health promotion sciences at the University of Arizona. He served as dean of the UA College of Medicine and vice provost for medical affairs from 2004 to 2008 and was senior scholar at the Association of Academic Health Centers in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Prior to joining the UA, he was the Waldemar von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology and Epidemiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and associate department chair in the Department of Medicine. He was senior investigator and chief of the Unit of Microbial Pathogenesis at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., for nine years before moving to Yale University in 1989. Dr. Joiner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Colorado, he completed residency training at McGill University and Dartmouth College, followed by infectious diseases fellowship training at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Joiner has received many honors for his research and administrative accomplishments, including elected membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), American Association of Physicians (AAP), fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA). His current research focuses on optimization of resource allocation in academic health centers and on the design and implementation of pay-for-performance models for health-care systems.

Dr. Neil MacKinnonNeil J. MacKinnon, PhD

Dr. MacKinnon is a professor of public health, the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair, director of the Center for Rural Health and section chair for Public Health Policy and Management at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Prior to joining the UA, he was professor at the Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed a master’s degree and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He received a doctorate and a fellowship from the University of Florida. He was a Harkness Fellow in International Health Care Policy with the Commonwealth Fund in New York City (2007-2008). A prolific researcher with more than 200 publications, his research on improving the quality and safety of the health-care system has been internationally recognized. He is co-author of the Canadian bestselling book, Take as Directed: Your Prescription for Safe Health Care in Canada (Sept. 2010).

Dr. Christopher RobertsonChristopher Robertson, JD, PhD

Dr. Robertson is an associate professor with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the UA. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a fellow and lecturer. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also taught bioethics. His legal practice has focused on complex litigation and scientific disputes. Using empirical methods and legal analysis, his research explores the situations the public (whether jurors, consumers or patients) must rely upon expert advice in contexts of potential bias, and he develops institutional solutions that may help them make better decisions. He is currently working on a health insurance reform to cut costs by reducing the consumption of expensive, unproven treatments, while preserving patient access. He has published numerous law review articles, including The Money Blind: How to Stop Industry Bias in Biomedical Science, Without Violating the First Amendment (American Journal of Law and Medicine); Blind Expertise (New York University Law Review); Get Sick, Get Out: The Medical Causes of Home Foreclosures (Health Matrix, co-authored with Richard Egelhof and Michael Hoke); and “From Freeriders to Fairness: Towards a Cooperative System for Organ Transplantation” (Jurimetrics). He has received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Edmund J. Safra Center, at Harvard University.
 
Robert  K. SmoldtRobert  K. Smoldt
 
Robert Smoldt is emeritus chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic. He served as a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and Mayo Clinic Executive Committee from 1990 through 2007. He currently serves as associate director of the Health Care Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Southern California. He has been involved in health-care administration for more than 30 years, both with the U.S. Air Force and Mayo Clinic. He also has been active in the Medical Group Management Association; he has chaired the organization’s research and marketing committees and has acted as moderator of its international conference in London. Most recently, he was a member of the Medical Group Management Association National Awards Committee, which honors those who make significant leadership contributions to health-care administration. He also serves on the board of trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives, the second largest Catholic hospital system in the United States.

Dr. Andy TheodorouAndreas A. Theodorou, MD 

Dr. Theodorou is professor and chief of the Section of Pediatric Critical Care and associate head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He also is chief medical officer at The University of Arizona Medical Center, which includes the only Level 1 trauma system in Southern Arizona, and provides oversight of The University of Arizona Medical Center’s Quality and Safety program. As interim director of the Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) program at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, he has been a leader in The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) mission to introduce medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health and law students to the practice of working in health-care teams early in their education with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and safety of patient care. He is the site co-principal investigator for the multi-center National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical trial, “Therapeutic Hypothermia After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA),” and has been a co-investigator for several scorpion and snake antivenom studies in conjunction with the VIPER (Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response) Institute at the UA College of Medicine. His other research interests pertain to patient safety, medical error reduction and a direct observation approach to medication error and adverse drug event detection.

Dr. Deborah VincentDeborah Vincent, PhD, RN, FAANP 

Dr. Vincent is an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing where she teaches health policy and translational research methods at the graduate level. An adult nurse practitioner with extensive primary care experience, she knows first-hand the issues of access to care that many people face. Her interest in health policy began while she was in a leadership position in the Colorado Nurses Association; there she was instrumental in the passage of legislation to expand access to care by removing reimbursement barriers for nurse practitioners. She has continued her health policy activities and was selected as a finalist for a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. Her research has focused on examining innovative health-care delivery models to expand access and improve outcomes. She is completing a diabetes prevention study in a high-risk population by culturally tailoring the Diabetes Prevention Program (http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/preventionprogram) and partnering with the faith-based community. Additionally, she is working with government, religious and community leaders to develop local policies that promote healthy lifestyles. Dr. Vincent received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, her master’s from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in New York. She is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Paul ZucarelliPaul Zucarelli, CPA 

Mr. Zucarelli is a principal in the firm of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services of Arizona, Inc. He specializes in all aspects of employee benefits with an emphasis in health insurance and managed health care. He works with both public and private sector employers in the design, analysis and procurement of group insurance benefits. He oversees the firm’s Arizona employee benefits practice which represents approximately $300 million in premium equivalents. He was awarded an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the UA Karl Eller Center and has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Medicare reform. He was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser for 1995 by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and was recognized in the 1995 Inside Tucson Business “Forty Under 40” list of 40 outstanding Tucson executives under the age of 40. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Actively involved in the Tucson community, he has served on the Arizona Children’s Association Board of Directors (past president), is a member of the Tucson Conquistadors and served as chairman of the board of Southern Arizona Community Bank. He also has served on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base DM-50 Board of Directors and on the board of directors (co-chair) for Tucson Unified School District’s 4th R Initiative. A board member and participant in the Arizona Town Hall, he has served on several town halls addressing public policy issues. Additionally, he was a member of the Bond Program Citizens Oversight Committee for Pima Community College and was a member of the Governor of Arizona’s Managed Health Care Task Force.