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DATE: October 16, 2009 8:38:35 AM PDT
Population health expert to speak as part of WWU's Global Health and Social Justice lecture series

Contact: Liz Mogford, Assistant Professor of Sociology, at (360) 650-3002 or liz.mogford@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, a senior lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Global Health and an emergency room physician for more than 30 years, will deliver the fall quarter Global Health and Social Justice lecture at Western Washington University.

The lecture, which is titled “Dying too soon in the USA: Do you want health or health care?,” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center Room A. The center is located at 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham.

In his lecture, Bezruchka will examine why mortality rates in the United States are so high despite that the country is so rich. Research done in the past 40 years, Bezruchka says, demonstrates that people in more egalitarian societies live healthier and happier lives.

“All of us in this country die younger than we should, especially for living in the richest and most powerful country in history,” says Bezruchka, who also is speaking at WWU as part of the WWU World Issues Forum at noon Nov. 5 in the Fairhaven College Auditorium.

Bezruchka is a graduate of Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University. He teaches courses in population health in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. He received the 2002 Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2008 Faculty Community Service Award in the School of Public Health, and he directs the UW’s Population Health Forum.

The lecture is sponsored by the Slum Doctor Programme, the Critical Junctures Institute for Health Advancement and Research and WWU’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door.

For more information on this lecture or on the Global Health and Social Justice lecture series, contact Liz Mogford, an assistant professor in the WWU Department of Sociology, at (360) 650-3002 or liz.mogford@wwu.edu.

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