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New York Times' David Brooks to Headline Annual Health Policy Summit

National experts to address how federal reform will affect mental health care, health workforce

The University of Missouri Center for Health Policy will host its Ninth Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia. The summit will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. This year's summit will address how the Affordable Care Act will affect mental health care and the health care workforce.

Presenters will include David Brooks, best-selling author and New York Times op-ed columnist, who will give the luncheon keynote address via a live video feed; Ron Honberg, JD, national director for policy and legal affairs at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); and Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, as well as president and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

David Brooks
Brooks' op-ed column in The New York Times started in September 2003. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, Public Interest, Forbes, and Commentary. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and a frequent analyst on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Diane Rehm Show." His most recent book is "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement," published in March 2011.

Honberg's work addresses issues affecting people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice systems, including jail diversion, correctional treatment and community re-entry. He was one of the lead authors in NAMI's 2006 and 2009 "Grading the States" reports on mental health. Honberg frequently serves as a resource for the media on legal and policy issues. He has appeared on such television and radio broadcasts as the "Today" show, "Nightline," "CBS Evening News," and "John McLaughlin's One on One."

Miller has worked at both the regional and national levels on initiatives to improve the quality of health care services and to change the structure of health care payment systems. He has authored a number of papers and reports on health care payment and delivery reform, including "From Volume to Value: Better Ways to Pay for Healthcare" and the American Medical Association's report "Pathways for Physician Success Under Healthcare Payment and Delivery Reforms."

Registration for the summit is $175 per person, but members of the media may attend for free. Registration is available by visiting the MU Office of Continuing Medical Education website ( or calling the office at (573) 882-4105.

The Center for Health Policy's Annual Missouri Health Policy Summit brings together health policy makers and health care stakeholders to discuss important and emerging health and policy issues facing the health care system in Missouri. Since it began nine years ago, the event 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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