Mayers Lecture to Explore Public Health Issues Facing America

March 16, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Fitzhugh Mullen, contributing editor to Health Affairs, clinical professor of pediatrics and public health at George Washington University and a member of the Upper Cardozo Community Health Center medical staff in Washington, D.C., will discuss past and current public health issues facing Americans during the upcoming annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture.

Mullenís presentation, “Plagues and Politics: A Long Look at Public Health in the United States” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.

During his distinguished career, Mullen has served as director of the National Health Service Corps in Washington, Secretary of Health and Environment for the state New Mexico, director of the Bureau of Health Professions in the Health Resources and Services Administration and Assistant Surgeon General. He also held positions with the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Mullen has served on both the Presidentís Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Mullen is the past recipient of the American Cancer Societyís Courage Award, the Society for Surgical Oncologyís James Ewing Medal, the Surgeon Generalís Medallion and the United States Public Health Serviceís Distinguished Service Medal. He is also the founding president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and currently serves as vice president on the National Health Museum Board of Directors.

The Mayers Lecture is sponsored each year by the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration, the College of Health and Human Development and the Mount Nittany Medical Center. It is funded by an endowment created to honor Dr. Stanley P. Mayers, Jr., who co-founded and served as head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration and as an associate dean in the College of Health and Human Development during his 26-year Penn State career.

Although the lecture is free to the public, advance registration is required. Anyone interested in attending should contact Barbara Fleischer at (814) 863-2900 or as soon as possible.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or