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August 26, 2008

Health care conference to highlight challenges, solutions

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
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A Sept. 5 conference at Purdue University will focus on challenges and solutions in the health care industry.

The sixth annual History, Ethics, Human Rights and Innovations in Healthcare Symposium, titled Challenges and Solutions: Building a Better Future, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

Purdue's School of Nursing and the College of Science are sponsoring the conference, which will feature a variety of world-renowned speakers and a poster session.

Registration for the conference is free for Purdue faculty, staff and students and $50 for the general public. Registration includes a boxed lunch. Those interested in attending need to register by Monday (Sept. 1). Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m., and a welcome and introductions will follow at 8 a.m.

Cynthia Connolly, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will be the first speaker, with a talk titled "TB Or Not TB? Fighting the 'White Plague' in America's Children." Her book, "Saving Sickly Children: The Tuberculosis Preventorium in American Life, 1909-1970," was published this spring. Connolly's current research focuses on the history of nurses and AIDS.

At 10 a.m., Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Ann Stadtler, both of Harvard Medical School, will speak about "The Touchpoints Approach: Strengthening Families, Building Communities."

Brazelton, considered to be one of the foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development, founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital Boston in 1993 to mobilize communities around children and families in order to bring relationships back into health care and to transform child care into family care. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and chapters and 40 books.

Stadtler is one of the original faculty members and curriculum developers at Brazelton Touchpoints Center and is the director of site development and training. She was a primary care nurse practitioner in private pediatric practice before joining Brazelton at Children's Hospital Boston.

Three School of Nursing faculty, Julie Novak and professors Clara Richardson and Jenny Coddington, completed the Touchpoints training at Harvard with Brazelton and Stadtler and have created a training site at Purdue University. Participants who are interested in future local Touchpoints training will have the opportunity to sign up at the conference.

Following lunch, Scott Serota, president and chief executive officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, will speak on "Health Policy and the Future of Healthcare." He earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue and was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Science in 2006. He holds a master's degree in health administration and planning from Washington University School of Medicine. He is a founding member of the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Healthcare Costs and Solutions, and a board member of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

The Purdue School of Nursing and College of Science also are accepting posters that focus on innovative programs in health care. They will be on display throughout the conference. For information about submitting a poster, contact Clara Richardson in the School of Nursing at  by Monday (Sept. 1).

Nurses who attend the conference will receive 4.5 contact hours from Purdue University Continuing Nursing Education, which has been approved as a provider in continuing education by the Indiana State Nurses Association.

For information or to register for the conference, contact Roxanne Martin in the School of Nursing at (765) 494-4003 or

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Tristan Kirby, School of Nursing communications and marketing specialist, (765) 494-4012,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, considered to be one of the foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development, will be featured Sept. 5 at the sixth annual History, Ethics, Human Rights and Innovations in Healthcare Symposium, sponsored by Purdue's School of Nursing and College of Science. (Courtesy of School of Nursing)

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