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Moravian Alumni to hold Health Care Workshop

Bethlehem, Pa., March 16, 2010—LivingHealthy, Well-thy, and Wise: Perspectives on Health Care in a Changing World will be the topic of an interactive and thought-provoking workshop sponsored by the Moravian College Alumni Association on Saturday, March 20 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.

This second annual workshop in the series of Lifelong Learning programs offers a dynamic group of facilitators who will address some of the top issues in the field of health today, including the social impact of emerging medical technology, the dual-challenge of rising costs and inadequate health care coverage, and perspectives on alternative medicine and wellness.

Melinda Toney, M.D., Center for Family Health of Catasauqua, will deliver the keynote address, “Surviving Life in Haiti and Here:  Optimizing Health Now.” Toney has maintained a family medical practice in the Lehigh Valley for over 20 years, providing care through an integrative approach of conventional medical care and natural solutions. Fresh off a mission to Haiti, Toney will share her involvement with providing realistic opportunities for healthcare post-hurricane.

The morning sessions will include a pair of hot topics in healthcare sessions. The first session, facilitated by Peter von Allmen, professor of economics, will focus on the “Economics of Incentives.” Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, will lead a session on the “Social Implications of Medical Technology,” followed by the third session of the morning, “Medical Education: Problems Today, Solutions for Tomorrow,” led by P. Orlando '96, director of medical education development for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The afternoon hot topic in healthcare session, “Health Insurance & Healthcare Availability” will be led by physical therapist Chris Miller.

The afternoon will be anchored by a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities across the health care delivery system, led by Georgia Tetlow, board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and featuring representatives from mental health & physical therapy fields as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

Registration and pre-event health screening activities begin at 7:45 a.m. There is a $15 fee which includes the cost of breakfast and lunch. More details regarding this & future events can be found on the Moravian College website http://www.moravian.edu/alumni/calendar.htm.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.