April 5, 2010

Timely topic for 'Classroom'

Health care and its future in America is the subject of this year’s Classroom on the Green set for Tuesday, April 6, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the School of Medicine.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will open the event, formerly called Classroom on the Quad, with a welcome address. Rear Admiral Steven Solomon will give the keynote address. Solomon serves as the director of the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service at the Centers for Disease Control.

A panel discussion will follow. Panelists expected are Ken Brigham, director of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute; Lydia Ogden, chief of staff and administrator of Emory’s Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions and Center for Entitlement Reform; Bill Eley, executive associate dean for medical education and student affairs; and Randall Hughes, adjunct professor at Georgia State University.  Nursing school professor Marcia Holstad will moderate. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Following the panel discussion, the Center for Ethics will host a reception, beginning at 6 p.m. and a screening of the film, “A Healthy Baby Girl.”

“Classroom on the Green has always wanted to focus on a timely issue and we could not have lucked out more with our selection of health care,” says Aaron Rutledge, chief of staff of the Student Government Association. “This topic affects each and every one of us in the Emory community, from students to faculty to alumni, and this event will challenge participants to think critically about the issue at hand and devise strategies for addressing it.”

Classroom on the Green is considered the SGA’s annual signature event, bringing together members of the Emory community, including staff, students, faculty and alumni, and the Atlanta community. Past topics have included the military and immigration.

For more information, contact Rutledge.

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