Conferences: “The Power to Heal: the Legacy of Medicare and Medicaid”

“The Power to Heal: the Legacy of Medicare and Medicaid” – A Symposium in Recognition of The 50th Anniversary of the Implementation of Medicare

October 21, 2016, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, Undergraduate Commons, Alter Hall, Fox School of Business, Temple University, 1801 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Department of Health Services Administration and Policy in the Temple University College of Public Health and the Graduate Program in Healthcare Management in the Temple University Fox School of Business are presenting a symposium highlighting impacts of Medicare and Medicaid from the 1960s, to the present and beyond. The symposium will focus on the recently published book by Dr. David Smith, Professor Emeritus, entitled, The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare and the Struggle to Transform America’s Health Care System. Dr. Smith has traced the impact and importance of the landmark Medicare legislation on the process of racial integration in America’s hospitals. This scholarly work is particularly timely given struggles for equality and the elimination of health disparities for minority populations that continue to this day.  Portions of a related PBS documentary that is currently in production will be previewed.

In addition to discussing Dr. Smith’s landmark research, the symposium will also feature presentations by Michael Halpern, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Services Administration and Policy, concerning Medicaid’s impact on access to and the effectiveness of cancer care. Edith Mitchel, MD, Professor of Medicine & Medical Oncology, and immediate Past President of the National Medical Association, will discuss her research on access to cancer care and her experience as an African American physician who is concerned about racial disparities.

Issues involving access to care by minority populations remain far from settled. Disparities persist and continued vigilance is absolutely necessary in this area.  Acting on behalf of a coalition of community-based organizations, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest recently filed a civil rights complaint challenging the actions of prestigious New York academic health centers and teaching hospitals.  The complaint identifies services for patients receiving cardiac and endocrine care that are identified as remaining segregated to this day.  Dr. Neil Calman, who led the research effort supporting the complainants, will provide insights from his research and conclude the symposium by outlining proposed steps for eliminating such racial disparities in care delivery.

Please send any questions to Dr. William Aaronson, Chair, Department of Health Services Administration & Policy, Temple University College of Public Health,

Conferences: Critical Histories and Activists Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence

The graduate students of Yale University’s Program in History of Science and Medicine are hosting a conference entitled “Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence” on February 24th and 25th at Yale University. This conference will focus on issues of science and racial violence as objects of historical study, as well as consider lingering inequalities and injustices within history as a discipline. We further hope to share strategies for deploying academic scholarship as activism and explore tactics for building alliances with communities of activists outside the academy.

In conjunction with the conference, we are co-sponsoring a panel with the Program for the Humanities in Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. The panel will feature Craig Wilder, the Barton L. Weller Professor of History at MIT, and a number of Yale faculty and community members. The panel will address Yale’s historical links to slavery, the significance of naming the college “Calhoun” in the 1930s, the impact of racialized trauma on mental health, and the longer history of protest against names associated with slavery, such as “Calhoun,” at American universities.

For more information about the conference, please visit and any questions can be directed to

Conferences: 7th Congress of the International Society of the History of Islamic Medicine

7th Congress of the International Society of the History of Islamic Medicine.

October 24-28 2016.  Fez, Morocco,

It is with great pleasure that the faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Fez invites you to participate in the above conferences on the History of Medicine within Muslim Civilisation. This event is organised jointly by the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, the International Society of the History of Islamic Medicine ( and the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, UK (FSTC)/                        (,(

It’s an occasion to evoke the bright aspects of the scientific and intellectual heritage of our civilization and shed light on some of its features in Fez city.

Fez, the majestic spiritual and political capital of Morocco in the Middle Ages, founded by Idris I in 789 AD, is a great city of outstanding Islamic culture. It has the best preserved old area in the Arab world: the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes Al-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. In 1981, UNESCO listed Fes Al Bali as a world heritage site under the name of Medina of Fez. It is famous for being home to the world’s oldest university, the Qarawiyyin University. Fez has numerous madrassas (i.e. schools for Islamic studies), museums, handcraft shops, the oldest extant water clock, and many other outstanding monuments.

We are working towards making this congress a highly creative and valuable contribution to the history of medical science.  It is crucial that the Fez congress be not just an opportunity for presenting interesting papers, but also an important occasion to develop new projects, connect with old colleagues and meet new scholars.

The 2016 congress promises to be an amazing experience, both scientific-wise and research-wise. It will also be a great opportunity to step into the charm, history and culture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

You are warmly welcomed in advance, and we are looking forward to seeing you many in Fez on October 24-28, 2016.

The congress site link is: