Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Aida L Giachello, PhD
Northwestern University, Department of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Giachello is a Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern University, she was on the faculty of Jane Addams College of Social Work, University Of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), for 25 years and established the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center. There she conducted health disparities research in the areas of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular using community participatory action research methods. Dr. Giachello did her undergraduate work at the University of Puerto Rico in Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology); her master’s degree in community organizing, planning and policy work from the University Of Chicago School Of Social Services Administration, and her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology with a specialty on minority/Latino health, also from the University of Chicago. She was also featured in TIME Magazine as “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.”

Latin America Health Care System: Implications for Health Care Reform in the U.S.

In 2008-2009, under the a fellowship of the Chicago Community Trust, several Latin American countries were visited with the intention to develop a better outstanding of their health care systems. This presentation will briefly describe the system of some selected countries and discuss their implicatons for US health care reform and services delivery to Hispanics/Latinos.

Guest Speaker: Jorge Girotti, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago, Hispanic Center of Excellence

Dr. Jorge A. Girotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education. He has been at UIC for 20 years and brings a rich and varied background with him. He has nineteen years of progressive management experience in a variety of areas in the medical school. He is also principal investigator and director for the UIC Hispanic Center of Excellence, which is now part of DME. He also authored a successful grant application to the US-HHS-Health Careers Opportunity Program and served as principal investigator and director for this program. He has held memberships in a number of college committees: Admissions; Student Promotions; Curriculum, Instruction, and Appraisal; Liaison Committee on Medical Education Self-Study Task Force. He has played an active role at the campus level on issues of importance to Hispanic and African American students, faculty, and staff. He was appointed by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs and served as Commissioner for four years, monitoring progress at the city’s Department of Health in relation to the health care needs of Latinos in Chicago. U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello appointed him to a committee to formulate strategies to better address the health care needs of Latinos at the national level. He has also served as a Fellow in the competitive American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship program. He was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the Illinois State Board of Public Health


Single Payer Healthcare and Physician Advocacy: Anne Scheetz, MD FCAP.
Physicians for a National Health Program

Anne Scheetz, MD, FACP, retired from the practice of medicine in September 2010 to work full-time as a volunteer for single-payer national health care. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Her thirty years of active medical practice included primary care general internal medicine in private office and hospital-based clinic settings; continuity care to the homebound through physician home visits; Emergency Department and office based teaching of medical students and residents; and ten years’ experience on her hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Institutional Review Board. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. She is a frequent speaker for single-payer national health care through Physicians for a National Health Program and the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition.

Healthcare reform is a major topic of national debate; few people are satisfied with the healthcare system we have. At the end of the workshop participants will be able to answer the following three questions: What specifically is wrong with the current US healthcare system; what kind of healthcare system do we need; how are physicians (and medical students) working to move our society from where we are to where we should be.

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