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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Upcoming Program at Indiana University

Planning on a visit to Indianapolis this week,  don't miss the interesting and informative symposium being held at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis this Friday, October 5th.  Entitled, "Wellness and the Law:  State Governments' Role in Addressing America's Public Health Crisis." The program overview provides: 

Across the country, state governments have found themselves faced with difficult decisions regarding proposals for wellness initiatives, health care policy, and laws to encourage healthy living.  In Arkansas, debates have erupted over how to properly and safely monitor a child's progress fighitng obesity; the Governor of Texas has been sued for issuing an exceutive order mandating the HPV vaccination for girls; and Massachusetts has been unable to escape a political quagmire over its decision to institute universal health care.  Here in Indiana, during the 20007 legislative cycle alone, the Indiana General Assembly explored proposals to raise the cigarette tax, ban smoking in car with children, and mandate that young girls receive a vaccine against cervical cancer. 

The day of speakers, discussion, and panels will include:
  • Our alum, Mary Hill, General Counsel and Deputy Commission to the Indiana State Board of Health, will be the luncheon speaker.  Her address, Influencing Health and Wellness: The Power of Public Policy, will touch on, among other things, the role of women in influencing health policy in Indiana and across the nation. 
  • Dr. Frank Chaloupka, Director, University of Illinois at Chicago Health Policy Center, will be addressing the economies of taxing toward health .
  • Dr. Russell Pate, University of South Carolina, addressing policies to promote physical activity and prevent obesity in children .
  • Kevin W. Ryan and Joy Rockenbach, addressing Arkansas’s effort to use body mass index (BMI) as a political tool.
  • Professors David Orentlicher and Eleanor Kinney will join Ellen Whitt, Governor Daniels’ Senior Advisor on Health Promotion and Special Projects for Indiana addressing Indiana’s legislative and policy efforts toward wellness.
  • Samuel Derheimer, presenting his scholarship on the history and politics of compulsory vaccination.
  • Sally Hubbard, presenting her scholarship on states’ efforts to encourage children's wellness through public education.
  • Professor Cynthia Baker will be presenting her paper in progress, Bottom Lines and Waist Lines: State Governments Weigh in on Public Health Issues.

9:00a.m. - 4:00 pm
6.0 Hours of CLE Credit available
5.75 Hours of CME Credit available (see CME specifications)
There is a fee to attend this event. 
Symposium Details:
For more information contact Therese Kamm at (317) 274-8616 or

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