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International Policy Influencers to Headline Annual Health Summit

Leading economist, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to participate

The MU Center for Healthy Policy will host its Eighth Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit on Oct. 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia. Speakers include Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, one of the world's leading authorities in health care economics; Louis Sullivan, MD, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Gary Schwitzer, a health care journalist. The summit will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast and registration and conclude with discussion and final remarks at 3:45 p.m.

Reinhardt, the future of health care keynote speaker, is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978. Reinhardt has worked with and served on panels for such agencies as the World Bank, Kaiser Family Foundation and Commonwealth Fund. He is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research. From 1986 to 1995, he served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee, established by Congress to advise the legislature on issues related to the payment of physicians.

Sullivan, who will deliver the social determinants of health keynote address, served as HHS secretary from 1989 to 1993. Previously, he was founding dean and the first president of Morehouse School of Medicine, where he served for more than two decades. Over the course of his career, Sullivan has helped set the agenda on many key health issues, from a tobacco-free society, to new food labeling, to the Healthy People 2000 initiative. He is currently chair of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, whose goal is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors.

Schwitzer, the luncheon keynote speaker, has specialized in health care journalism for more than 30 years. Schwitzer publishes the award-winning website and was the founding editor-in-chief of

Prominent researchers, policy makers and the public converge annually at the summit to examine urgent Missouri health care matters. This year, attendees will analyze the main components of reform and its implications for the future, as well as the social determinants of health.

A panel discussion including Ron Levy, Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, and other health policy experts in the state will focus on the future of health care.

The conference is open to registered participants. The registration fee is $175 per person. Fees include all conference materials and food.

To register for the Eighth Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit, or for more information about the event, visit the MU Office of Continuing Medical Education website at or contact Lindsey Beckmann at Media who plan to attend should contact Natalie Fieleke at 573-884-7541.

This event is sponsored by: MU Center for Health Policy, MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health Care, Missouri Foundation for Health, Primaris, Missouri State Medical Association, Smith Patterson Lectureship Series, MU Master of Public Health Program, MU School of Social Work, Missouri Primary Care Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Gateway EDI, Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Health Literacy Missouri, and Numerof and Associates.

About the Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit
The Center for Health Policy's Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit was first envisioned in 2003 as a venue to bring together health policy makers and health care stakeholders in Missouri to discuss important and emerging health and policy issues facing the health care system in Missouri. Since its inception, it has grown to become a bridge between researchers and policy makers, connecting local and state leaders facing health policy challenges with the knowledge, expertise, and resources they need to identify and adequately meet the health policy challenges facing the state and their communities.

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