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Stephen Bezruchka, MD

"How Medical Librarians Can Make America Healthy Again."

Dr. Bezruchka is a Senior Lecturer in the International Health Program at the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington. He has a medical degree from Stanford and a public health degree from Johns Hopkins. His primary interests are in disseminating information about population health and for this purpose he maintains a web site: ( where the science is presented. He runs a Population Health Forum at the University of Washington where people try to advance understanding of these concepts. Dr. Bezruchka is interested in how little concern there is about the profound relative health decline compared to other countries, that has occurred in the USA over the last 50 years.



Jaime Green

"Transforming Services to Communities through Technology"

Ms. Green has been with NPower since it was founded in 1998. She has had many roles since then, including Community Resource Director and most recently serving as the Deputy Director of NPower National, the umbrella organization which oversees and supports the 12 NPower affiliates nationwide. In these roles Ms. Green developed NPower's volunteer, intern and community service programs; NPower Seattle's first statewide services initiative; managed the creation of TechAtlas, NPower's online tech planning tool; and numerous national initiatives and activities in support of the growing NPower Network.


Andrew Holtz, MPH

Panelist: "Health Issues in the Media: Where Do Medical Librarians Fit In?"

Former CNN Medical Correspondent Andrew Holtz is an independent journalist covering health and medicine from Portland, Oregon. He is a Board Member of the Association of Health Care Journalists , . Holtz was AHCJ President from 2000 to 2004 and served as Interim Executive Director from 2004 to 2005. His new book, "The Medical Science of House, M.D." will be published in Oct. 2006. He is Chief of the HoltzReport. He is an avid bicyclist and chairs the Multnomah County Bicycle & Pedestrian Citizens Advisory Committee. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family.


Patricia Murphy, Journalist

Panelist: "Health Issues in the Media: Where do Medical Librarians Fit In?"

Patricia Murphy has been a Public Radio Host and Reporter for 10 years. Currently she hosts All Things Considered on KUOW Public Radio. Before moving to Seattle, she was keeping ungodly hours in New Hampshire as the Morning Edition host at New Hampshire Pubic Radio. While at KUOW she has produced many feature length reports and two documentaries. Both doc's received national awards. In 2003 The Alcan 5000 won 1st Place from the Public Radio News Directors Association, and in 2004 Taming the Snake won 1st Place from the Radio and TV News Directors Association. You can also hear her stories on NPR, The Savvy Traveler, and Weekend America, and Voice of America. Most of Patricia's free time is spent taking care of her baby Owen. Beyond that, you can find trying to recapture her old life as an avid trail runner, exploring the North Cascades.


Nhien Nguyen, Editor

Panelist: "Health Issues in the Media: Where do Medical Librarians Fit In?"

Nhien Nguyen is the award-winning editor of the International Examiner, the largest non-profit newspaper serving the Pacific Northwest region's Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. Named a "Vietnamese American Pioneer" by the Tet in Seattle Committee, Nhien is the first Vietnamese American editor for this 32-year-old pan-Asian publication. Established in 1974 at the height of the civil rights movement, the International Examiner aspires to be a credible catalyst for building an inspiring, connected, well-respected, and socially conscious APA community. The IE mission is to promote critical thinking, dialogue and action by providing timely, accurate and culturally sensitive coverage of relevant APA matters.


Mark Oberle, MD

"Reflections on Banda Aceh: Natural Disasters and Public Health"

Mark Oberle has been a member of the faculty since 1990 and is affiliated with the Health and Policy Research Track, (MPH program). He is also affiliated with the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Professor Oberle serves in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Tsunami, December 26, 2004 at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand: Personal Notes from Mark Oberle


Gordon Taylor

"Medicine's Eastern Frontier: Dr. Grant of Kurdistan, 1835-44."

Gordon Taylor has been fascinated by the Middle East since he first served as a Peace Corps English teacher in Turkey in the 1960s. He became interested in the mountains of Hakkari and the Nestorian Christian tribemen who lived there amidst the Kurds. Besides "Fever and Thirst", his biography of Asahel Grant, M.D.(1807-44), he has published two novels. He lives in West Seattle.



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