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Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP

MESA, Ariz. (Mar. 31, 2009) – Healthcare reform continues to sit at the top of our national agenda, and understanding its implications is crucial to the livelihood of all Americans. Men and women in the Mesa community will have a unique opportunity to make sense of current healthcare policies and how they will affect families and businesses by attending A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) community luncheon and panel discussion entitled “Will Care Be There?” on Tuesday, April 14 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nationally-renowned healthcare policy expert Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP, will keynote this timely luncheon and panel discussion, which is sponsored by ATSU’s Women’s Wellness program. Dr. Ross-Lee, a former medical school dean, is currently director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship Program and vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at New York Institute of Technology.

“Every American needs to be informed and, if able, be part of our nation’s healthcare discussions,” said ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM. “ATSU hopes this program will engage community members and stimulate a ‘call to action’ for those wishing to voice their views and ideas on a topic affecting each and every one of us. Dr. Ross-Lee and panel members will discuss how attendees can help shape healthcare policy and highlight recent trends and challenges facing families and businesses.”

Women’s Wellness executive advisory board member Amanda Weaver, M.B.A., executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), agrees, stating that attendees will walk away with information that they can use. “Dr. Ross-Lee founded the AOA Health Policy Fellowship Program, which has trained osteopathic physicians and members of the osteopathic family in the high ground and comprehensive approach to cost, quality, and access to care issues, and [in addressing] frustrations that people experience every day,” she said. “The objective is to improve healthcare for patients.”

Other panel members will include Erick Novack, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and advocate for protection of patient rights; Jill Rissi, Ph.D., associate director for research and policy at St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, whose research focuses on Arizona health policy; and Jan Zieren, D.O., FACOFP, a board certified family practice physician and president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

The cost to attend ATSU’s community luncheon and panel discussion is $75 per person. Sponsorship and premium ticket opportunities are available. Contact the ATSU advancement office for more information at drohrich@atsu.edu or 480.219.6115, or visit www.atsuwomenswellness.org.

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MESA, Ariz. (Mar. 12, 2009) – With President Barack Obama’s healthcare summit dominating headlines across the nation, many families are wondering how the current economic and political climate will affect future access to affordable, quality healthcare. A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Women’s Wellness program will tackle this subject head-on at a luncheon and panel discussion entitled “Will Care Be There?” on Tuesday, April 14 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. Both men and women are invited to attend this community event.

Nationally renowned healthcare policy expert Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP, will keynote this timely luncheon. Dr. Ross-Lee, a former medical school dean, is currently director of the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellowship Program and Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at New York Institute of Technology.

Other panel members will include Erick Novack, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and advocate for protection of patient rights; Jill Rissi, Ph.D., associate director for research and policy at St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, whose research focuses on Arizona health policy; and Jan Zieren, D.O., FACOFP, board certified family practice physician and president of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

The cost to attend is $75 per person. Sponsorship and premium ticket opportunities are available. Contact ATSU Advancement for more information at drohrich@atsu.edu or 480.219.6115, or visit www.atsuwomenswellness.org.

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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 21, 2008 ) – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., noted scientist, author, and stroke survivor, joined A.T. Still University (ATSU) to keynote a luncheon celebrating the launch of ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program Nov. 18 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. Dr. Taylor, who was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, shared her personal story of survival, recovery, and discovery during her presentation entitled “How to Get Your Brain to Do What You Want it to Do.”

Dr. Taylor, a Harvard-educated neuroanatomist, had a rare form of stroke 12 years ago which caused a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain following the stroke, and she shares her story in her book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.”

Dr. Taylor’s message of compassion during the healing process resonated deeply with an audience of ATSU friends, faculty, and staff who support a university mission that focuses on compassion, integrity, and ability. “Dr. Taylor inspired our students and faculty to look beyond a patient’s illness or injury and connect with their humanity through compassion and understanding,” said ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM. “She was inspired to see development of compassion in our students, faculty and staff as a major component of ATSU’s mission statement.”

ATSU Associate Provost Ted Wendel, Ph.D. was in agreement. “Dr. Taylor’sexperienceand knowledge brought reality to the words of the ATSU mission,” he said.

Close to 150 were in attendance at the luncheon that was also the launch of ATSU’s new Women’s Wellness Program. The program was founded to provide educational opportunities to the public as well as develop a collective of women focused on improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them.

According to Dr. Phelps, the Women’s Wellness Program is an important component in the university’s overall community outreach efforts. “As a leading edge university with a school of osteopathic medicine, it is imperative that we be involved in community wellness,” he said.

“For many years, women went unrecognized as important decision-makers in how families accessed healthcare,” he continued. “[This program] will provide information to key household stakeholders who often make healthcare decisions for immediate family, extended family, and sometimes the entire community.”

For more information about ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program, please contact Gretchen Buhlig at 480.219.6105 or gbuhlig@astu.edu.

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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

MESA, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2008 ) – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., noted scientist, author, and stroke survivor, will join A.T. Still University (ATSU) to keynote a luncheon celebrating the launch of ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program on November 18 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. Dr. Taylor, recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, will share her personal story of survival and discovery during her presentation entitled “How to Get Your Brain to Do What You Want it to Do.”

A Harvard-educated neuroanatomist, Dr. Taylor dedicated her career to the study of severe mental illness when she discovered her brother suffered from schizophrenia. At age 37, Dr. Taylor suffered a rare form of stroke, hemorrhaging the left hemisphere of her brain and causing her to lose her speech, sense of motion, and memory.

As the stroke was occurring, Dr. Taylor found herself living what she had studied for so long. She was acutely aware of the shift between the right and left hemispheres of her brain – from a disconnected, quiet place where she couldn’t walk, talk, read, or write, back to a re-connected state of awareness.

It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain following the stroke. Because of the injury to the left hemisphere, the right blossomed during her recovery, releasing a creative energy that she feels brought with it a better, more enlightened quality of life. She became an artist as well as a scientist. Dr. Taylor shares her story in her book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” and also as the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast.

ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program provides educational opportunities to the public and develops a collective of women focused on improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them. For more information about the program or the luncheon, contact Gretchen Buhlig at 480.219.6105 or gbuhlig@astu.edu.

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