Two Upcoming Meetings Sponsored in Part by The Commonwealth Fund

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<p><h6>Two upcoming meetings sponsored in part by The Commonwealth Fund may be of interest to you:</h6><br><br><strong>Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Annual Meeting--March 16-19, Houston, TX</strong><ul><li>Commonwealth Fund senior program director <strong><a href="/profiles/profiles_show.htm?doc_id=280408">Stuart Guterman</a></strong> will participate in a panel, <strong>Medicare and Prescription Drugs,</strong> on Friday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m., with Leslie V. Norwalk, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS; Susan Jaffe, "Cleveland Plain Dealer"; and Robert Hayes, Medicare Rights Center. Trudy Lieberman of the Consumers Union will moderate.</li><li><strong>Fernando Guerra</strong> of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and a member of the <a href="/publications/in-the-literature/2005/sep/toward-a-high-performance-health-system--new-commonwealth-fund-commission
">Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System,</a> will participate in two panels:<br><strong>&#149  Friday, March 17, 1:30 p.m.: Autism and vaccines: Sticking points,</strong> with Martin Myers, National Network for Immunization Information and UTMB-Galveston, and Diane Treadwell-Deering, Texas Children's Hospital. Laura Beil of the "Dallas Morning News" will moderate.<br><strong>&#149  Saturday, March 18, 2:15 p.m.: The Uninsured: From Texas to both coasts,</strong> with Anthony Wright, Health Access California; Gordon Bonnyman, Tennessee Justice Center; and Joe Ditre, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Maine. Trudy Lieberman of the Consumers Union will moderate.</li></ul><br>Online registration for the conference is available on the AHCJ website, <a href=""></a&gt;, closing March 9th. After that, on site registration is available.<br><br><strong>2006 <a href="">Joint Conference</a> of The National Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging (ASA), March 16-19, Anaheim, CA</strong><br>The Fund is sponsoring a March 17th media lunch discussion on issues affecting the aging. <strong><a href="/profiles/profiles_show.htm?doc_id=222479">Marilyn Moon,</a></strong> vice president and director of the health program at the American Institutes for Research, will discuss the implications of Medicare Part D. <strong><a href="/spotlights/spotlights_show.htm?doc_id=265189">Steve Shields,</a></strong> president and CEO of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, will discuss culture change in nursing homes.<br><br>Contact Paul Kleyman of ASA through March 10 at (415) 974-9619 or <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a&gt;, for information on attending the briefing. Reporters wishing to attend should register at the conference Press Room, Anaheim Hilton, Palisades Room, 4th floor. Starting March 14, the phone number will be (714) 740-4517.<br><br>For additional information, please contact Mary Mahon at (212) 606-3853 or <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>.</p&gt;