UNCG’s Harriet Elliott Lecture Series will explore the challenges and opportunities of offering quality health care during a series of events Tuesday, April 2.

The lecture series, “Delivering Quality Health Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” will take place in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. The public is welcome at no charge.

Cone Health CEO Tim Rice; Dr. Edward Abraham, dean of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and Charles Courtemanche, a health care economist, assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University and former UNCG faculty member, will headline a panel discussion from 4:30-6 p.m. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

The keynote address, “Technology growth and expenditure growth in healthcare,” will be given by Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman professor in Dartmouth University’s economics department and a professor with the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine. A research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources, Skinner’s research interests include technology growth and disparities in health care. The 7 p.m. keynote will be followed by a Q&A session.

With health care costs constantly making headlines, lecture series organizers believe economists are able to add valuable insight to the national conversation.

“In the face of increasing health care costs and a wide range of reactions to the Affordable Care Act and the related Supreme Court ruling, the question of how to improve health care quality with limited financial resources has taken center stage,” said Dora Gicheva, an assistant professor of economics in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics who sits on the lecture series organizing committee. “The far-reaching impact of the reforms has motivated us to seek various experts’ points of view regarding the current state and the future of health care in the U.S.”

The Harriet Elliott Lecture Series is named for Harriet Wiseman Elliott, a pioneer in the women’s rights movement and the namesake of Elliott University Center. She taught political science from 1913 until 1935 and served as dean of women from 1935 until her death in 1947.

The 2013 lecture series is coordinated by the Department of Economics, which is housed in the Bryan School.


By Lanita Withers Goins