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Miami to present lecture on health care reform

11/19/2009

Christopher Jennings (Miami ’83), former health policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, will speak on “Health Care Reform, Then and Now: Politics, Process and Prospects” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Marcum Conference Center. He is presenting the annual W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Lecture of Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jennings will also receive Scripps’ 2009 W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni award. A reception including refreshments will follow the lecture.

Jennings, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (and a concentration in interdisciplinary studies and a practicum in gerontology), is now president of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS) Inc., a Washington, D.C., health policy and advocacy consulting firm committed to “affordable, accessible and accountable health care.”

As the senior health care adviser in the Clinton White House, Jennings was in charge of developing and implementing the administration’s health care policy. He was instrumental in the enactment of major health care legislation, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Mental Health Parity Act. Jennings also played a part in tripling funds for international AIDs prevention, treatment and care programs.

W. Fred “Doc” Cottrell taught sociology, political science and gerontology at Miami from 1930 to 1974. He oversaw the transition of the Scripps Foundation for Population Problems to one of the nation’s first and foremost centers of gerontology in 1972, serving as Scripps’ Gerontology Center’s initial director. Scripps initiated the W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992. Honorees/lecturers are selected for their scholarship, leadership and humanitarianism in the field of aging.

For more information, contact Buffy Hanna at 529-2653 or hannae@muohio.edu.

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