National Health Care Policy Expert to Keynote Center on Aging Research Retreat

The University of Utah Center on Aging will hold its annual research retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9-10, with a national expert on Medicare and health care policy from the University of Wisconsin giving the keynote address.

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Mar 7, 2010 9:20 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—The University of Utah Center on Aging will hold its annual research retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9-10, with a national expert on Medicare and health care policy from the University of Wisconsin giving the keynote address.
 
The retreat, which is open to the public and takes place in the Saltair Room in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building, begins Tuesday afternoon with a reception and poster presentations highlighting the latest research by Center on Aging faculty and students. The reception and presentations will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and give the public and researchers a chance to discuss various aspects of geriatrics research and health care.

On Wednesday morning, from 8:30-10:00, Timothy Smeeding, Ph.D., the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, will deliver the keynote address, "Policy Analysis and Entitlement Programs for Older Americans: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." A panel discussion with local health policy experts David Sundwall, M.D., director of the Utah Department of Health, and Richard J. Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah associate vice president for health sciences and Governor Scott M. Matheson Chair in Health Care and Health Management, will follow the keynote address.
 
Smeeding, who taught economics at the University of Utah from 1976 to 1987, received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Canisius College and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to teaching at the U of U, he served on the faculty at Vanderbilt and Syracuse universities before assuming his position at Wisconsin in 2008.
 
His research interests include the economics of public policy, especially social policy and at-risk populations; national and cross-national comparisons of income and wealth inequality; poverty; social policy; and social mobility. He has written extensively on the economics of our aging society.  Smeeding’s publications include the book “The Future of the Family,” co-edited by the late U.S. senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Lee Rainwater (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004), which brings together top scholars to take stock of the state of the family in the United States and address the ways in which public policy affects the family and vice versa.  Smeeding is also co-editor of the Oxford University Press' Handbook of Economic Inequality (2009) and co-author of Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader? (Oxford University Press, 2010).
 
"We are very pleased to have Dr. Smeeding return to Utah to lead a very timely discussion about the role these health care programs play in providing support for older people”, said Mark A. Supiano, M.D., director of the Center on Aging and professor and chief of the Division of Geriatrics. "The retreat will offer a wonderful forum for a thoughtful discussion of these health care policies and their relevance to Utah.”
 
Following Smeeding’s address, from 10 to noon, the recipients of five pilot grants from the Center on Aging will discuss their projects. Topics will range from retirement planning to basic mechanisms of insulin signaling pathways in mammalian cardiac aging.

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