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Inaugural Symposium to Explore Health Care Justice for the Elderly

The inaugural Rita M. McGinley Symposium will examine one of the nation’s and Allegheny County’s most important issues—health care for elderly persons—through the lens of social justice.

Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Elderly, presented by Duquesne University’s School of Nursing, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 24, in the Power Center Ballroom.

According to statistics, one in five people in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County is over the age of 65, making this the second largest elderly population in the United States. Additionally, the nation’s population of people 65 and older is expected to reach 19 percent by 2030. Scholars, researchers, policy makers and health care professionals will share their ideas at the symposium for alleviating disparities in health, wellness and health care services for the elderly.

“America is getting older,” said Sr. Rosemary Donley, the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne. “As the nation ages, the education we provide to health care and other professionals, along with our laws and policies, must change quickly if we are to meet the needs of aging persons and be true to our ideals of social justice.”

The Face of the Elderly will address three areas of concern:

  • the social justice tradition as it applies to the health and well-being of the elderly
  • clinical and program initiatives that foster social justice for the elderly
  • research aimed at understanding and improving health care for the elderly.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. William J. Byron, University Professor of Business and Society at St. Joseph’s University
  • Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Shearer Term Associate Professor for Healthy Community Practices and associate dean for practice and community affairs
 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Dr. Michael Brescia, executive medical director of Calvary Hospital Inc., Bronx, NY
  • Dr. Brian V. Johnstone, the Warren Blanding Chair of Religion and Culture at The Catholic University of America.

Call 412.396.5203 or read more about the conference.

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