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Speaker to Discuss Healthcare Reform April 20

Meredith College’s Center for Women, Ethics, and Public Life will sponsor a healthcare reform forum on Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. in Ledford 101.

The featured speaker for the event will be Thomas Hoerger, a Senior Fellow in health economics and financing, at RTI International. Hoerger, who was appointed in September 2005, is the director of the RTI-UNC Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics. He specializes in health economics, health care reform, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in economics from Carleton College.

Hoerger has led numerous research projects for the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has developed models for examining the cost-effectiveness of health promotion interventions and estimated the costs of diabetes, vision loss, and other conditions. He has directed a series of projects to design, implement, and evaluate competitive bidding for Medicare services.

The purpose of the CDC-sponsored RTI-UNC Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics is to develop, evaluate, and implement health promotion recommendations, programs, and policies; to evaluate their cost-effectiveness; and, consequently, to improve upon efforts to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and injury.

The Center for Women, Ethics and Public Life is committed to enriching public discourse on relevant issues by placing experts in conversation among themselves and with interested citizens. Visit for more information.

Date Submitted: 2010-04-14

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