R.I. healthcare needs is topic of next URI Honors Colloquium lecture, Nov. 27

KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, is the next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, which examines the politics and money influencing health care around the world. In his lecture on Nov. 27, Fine will discuss Rhode Island’s health care needs based on its changing demographics and the financial challenges associated with providing equitable health care.

All of the lectures in the semester-long series, called “Health Care Change? Health, Politics and Money,” begin at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. They are free and open to the public.

Prior to his appointment to lead the Department of Health, Fine was medical program director at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections; founder and managing director of HealthAccessRI; physician operating officer of Hillside Avenue Family and Community Medicine; and physician-in-chief of the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals’ Departments of Family and Community Medicine. He also founded the non-profit Scituate Health Alliance, making rural Scituate, R.I., the first community in the United States to provide primary medical and dental care to all its residents.

Fine is the author of The Zero Calorie Diet, which examines the culture of excess through a fasting perspective, and co-wrote The Nature of Health, which studies health care services, human rights, society, technology and industry.

Unni Karanukara, international president of Doctors Without Borders, will speak at the final colloquium event on Dec. 10. The medical musical comedy, Damaged Care, will be performed on Dec. 4.

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

All remaining lectures will be streamed live at www.uri.edu/hc, where the complete schedule of events is also listed. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 401-874-2381.

The major sponsor of the Honors Colloquium is the URI Honors Program, with sustaining sponsors including the URI Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, and the Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment. Leadership sponsors include the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the college of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Communications and Marketing. Also sponsoring the Honors Colloquium are Cox Communications, the College of Business Administration, Department of Publications and Creative Services, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, Division of Administration and Finance, Division of Student Life, and Department of Communication Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.

This press release was written by Danielle Sanda, an intern in URI’s Department of Communications and Marketing and a public relations major.