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Jan. 8-13 health leadership forum to address effective health policy and management

03 January 2007

ATTENTION: Health policy reporters

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

Advanced Health Leadership Forum, a weeklong certificate-based international health program focusing on key health policy and management issues, offered jointly by the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Center for Research in Health and Economics (CRES) at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Participants will learn about policies and management approaches in the United States and in other countries that have been successful, as well as those that have not. They will also learn about current innovations for effective policy implementation and management. Delegates will come from around the world and include senior representatives from health ministries, hospital organizations, pharmaceutical companies, health research organizations, health plans and other health care industry companies.

Jan. 8-13, 2007. The detailed schedule is online at: http://ahlf.berkeley.edu/ahlf_curriculum.htm.

Various locations in San Francisco and Berkeley. See the online schedule for details.

Some of the numerous guest speakers will include Dr. Arnold Milstein, medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health; Dr. Robert Pearl, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group; Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru; and program participant Sandra Shewry, director of the California Department of Health Services. A full speaker list is online at: http://ahlf.berkeley.edu/ahlf_guest_ber.htm.

The upcoming forum in the San Francisco Bay Area is the second half of the full program, which began July 2006 in Barcelona at the University of Pompeu Fabra.

"This unique program brings together health care leaders from both developed and developing countries with internationally renowned faculty to address major global health issues ranging from how to pay for and use new medical technologies to developing more cost/effective health systems for all illnesses," said Stephen M. Shortell, professor and dean at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health.

More information about the forum is online at: http://ahlf.berkeley.edu.