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Last modified: Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Is health care color blind?

Expert panel to address minority health care in Indiana, March 6

Feb. 28, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Health care policy experts from Indiana University, Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals, and the Marion County Health Department will give a panel presentation addressing access to and quality of health care for minorities in the state, March 6 (Tuesday), at 2:30 p.m., in the Indiana Memorial Union Frangipani Room. The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Among the topics the panel will address are what happens when minorities enter a health care setting, whether minorities receive sub-standard care, and whether insured minorities face obstacles similar to those faced by uninsured or underinsured populations.

Participating panelists:

  • Nicole Quon -- Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Moderator)
  • Virginia Caine -- Director, Marion County Health Department
  • Samuel L. Odle -- CEO of Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals
  • Edwin Marshall -- Professor of optometry and adjunct professor of public health at the IU School of Medicine
  • Mary Shaw-Perry -- Co-director, Center for Minority Health Research, IU School of HPER and associate professor in applied health science

The Neal-Marshall SPEA Public Policy Lecture series was established in honor of Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall, the first male and female African Americans, respectively, to graduate from IU. Previous speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Roger Wilkins, Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., journalist Tavis Smiley and Jackson, Miss., Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. The lecture is sponsored by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club.

For more information, contact Carla Cowden, IU SPEA, 812-856-0509 or