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Influential Health Care Advocate to Speak at LIU Brooklyn

Dr. Thomas Elwood’s lecture is part of University’s ‘Brooklyn’s Health’ series


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

ElwoodBrooklyn, N.Y. – One of the nation’s premier health advocates will provide timely and provocative analysis of the country’s health care needs and Health Reform legislation during an Oct. 2 lecture in LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater.

As part of its free campus and community public education series, “Brooklyn’s Health,” LIU Brooklyn’s School of Health Professions has invited Dr. Thomas Elwood, executive director of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, to give a bipartisan, no-holds-barred presentation about why health reform was necessary, to what degree it was really achieved, the impact it was intended to have and is likely to have in this country, and what we have to look forward to in the coming years. A question and answer period will follow his talk.

“Health Reform and the Nation's Health Care Needs” will be held in LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

“For over twenty years, Dr. Elwood has provided leadership to Schools of Health Professions nationwide,”LIU Brooklyn Health Professions Dean Barry S. Eckert said. “As a passionate and relentless advocate on Capitol Hill, Dr. Elwood has positively influenced several major pieces of legislation and become an indispensable resource of first resort to legislators and their staffs on allied health professional preparation issues.”

Future events in the “Brooklyn Health” Series — each will take place at LIU Brooklyn — are listed below. Events listed as “Campus-Community Course Connections” are part of actual M.P.H. classes. Series participants will engage with students, guest experts, and M.P.H. faculty in a School of Health Professions classroom.

  • Friday, Oct. 19 — “HIV: New Society Challenges -- From Diagnosis to Aging.” (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Metcalfe Hall)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 — “How Policies that Influence Health are Made,” featuring local legislators discussing the controversial role of policies in changing health behavior. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., Room 107)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 – “Bike Lanes in Brooklyn,” part of the Public Health Advocacy, Policy, and Leadership course. A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., Room 230)
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 — “Food, Fitness and Fun: How Brooklyn Fights Diabetes.” (11 a.m. -7 p.m. in the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Athletic Center in Metcalfe Hall)
  • Monday, Nov. 12 — “Give Peace a Chance: War as a Public Health Issue” examines the impact of war on the soldiers and their families, the countries involved and world at large. A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., room 316)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 – “Domestic Workers/New Labor,” will examine workers’ Bill of Rights A Campus-Community Course Connection event. (6-7:30 p.m., H.S., room 230)

Each program in the series is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. Campus-Community Course Connection class guests are asked to remember that they are in a classroom with public health students who are new to the issues and to participating in debates, and to interact accordingly. For further information or to register, call 718-488-1256 or visit http://brooklynshealth

To find out about LIU Brooklyn’s M.P.H. graduate degree program, e-mail, call the Admissions Office at 718-488-1011 or e-mail

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 09/14/2012

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