BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Northwestern Health Sciences University will bring together nearly a dozen leaders from health care and higher education, and several Minnesota legislators, to speak at “Integrative Health: A Local Conversation About Health Care Reform.” The event will be held at Northwestern’s Bloomington campus on Sept. 22, 2009, and is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing; the University of Minnesota School of Nursing; and LifeScience Alley.

“The time is right for this conversation,” says Mark Zeigler, DC, President of Northwestern and one of the speakers. “We’re hoping to add an element to discussions on health care reform that deals with the philosophy of integrative care: that it is patient-centered, evidence-informed, and wellness-driven. That the best outcomes for patients will be achieved when practitioners across all disciplines collaborate to provide the very best care in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

The conversation will focus on topics such as remaking America’s health care system; Minnesota’s health care reform initiatives; the perspective of purchasers, patients and providers. Guest speakers include:

State Rep. Jim Abeler, (R) District 48B;
State Sen. John Marty, (DFL) District 54;
State Rep. Paul Thissen, (DFL) District 63A;
Frank Cerra, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School, University of Minnesota;
Dannette Coleman, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, Medica;
Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota;
Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing;
Larry Kuusisto, PhD, Vice President of Education, LifeScience Alley and Executive Director, Alley Institute;
David Moen, MD, Fairview Health System;
Carolyn Pare, CEO, Buyer’s Health Care Action Group;
Charles Sawyer, DC, Senior Vice President, Northwestern Health Sciences University; and
Mark Zeigler, DC, President, Northwestern Health Sciences University.
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Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.