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June 17, 2011

Leaders discuss health care reform at forum

Have questions about health care reform in Maryland or want to hear about effort to improve residents' health?

The Maryland Science Center will host a free public health forum on Monday at 7:30 p.m. related to the reform effort and visions for the future of public health.

The forum is called “Public Policy and Our Health” and will be preceded by a reception for the first 100 registrants at 6:30 p.m. It stems from a traveling exhibit at the center, at 601 Light Street in Baltimore, about diabetes.

On the panel will be:

+Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a former deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. He will talk about health care reform in the state and improving access to care for diabetes and other public health issues.

+Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of health for Baltimore City. She will discuss Healthy Baltimore 2015, an effort to address 10 of the city’s top health problems.

+Dr. Michelle Gourdine, chief executive and principal consultant for Michelle Gourdine and Associates LLC and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She will talk about health inequities caused by public policy and cultural and social forces. She will also sign her book, Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness.

There is no cost, but public participants must register. Send an email with your name and email address to Limit four guests per registration. The forum is sponsored by AEGON Transamerica Foundation.

For more information go to or call 410-685-5225.

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Categories: Diabetes, Health care reform

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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