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Release No: 038-04
August 10, 2004

Winkenwerder Speaks at Iraqi Health Care Reconstruction Symposium

            Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. William Winkenwerder will be speaking at a symposium on Iraqi Health Care Reconstruction that he is co-sponsoring with the Institute of Medicine.  The event will take place tomorrow at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 11, in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 


            Representatives of U.S. and Iraqi agencies and international organizations that have been working to reconstruct Iraq's health care system will discuss what has been accomplished during the past year, lessons learned from the process, and prospects for future improvements in Iraqi health care at this symposium sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and U.S. Department of Defense.

            Featured speakers include:

            Ala'adin Alwan, minister of health, Iraqi interim government

            Jim Haveman, former senior adviser, Coalition Provisional Authority

            William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs

            Harvey Fineberg, president, Institute of Medicine

            Reporters who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast and submit questions using an e-mail form at http://national-academies.org .  (The webcast requires RealPlayer software, available free at http://www.real.com/realplayer .  For more information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Real.com Web site.)  Seating is limited, so reporters must register in advance.  To register, contact the National Academies Office of News and Public Information, tel. (202) 334-2138 or e-mail at news@nas.edu .

            For further information about covering the symposium, contact The National Academies Office of News & Public Information at (202) 334-1632, (202) 334-2138 or (800) 367-6218; or Institute of Medicine Media Officer Christine Stencel via text pager at cstencel@skytel.com

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