Ed Towns to Discuss Pressing Problems with Nation’s Health Care System at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus





Peg Byron 
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Congressman Ed Towns to Discuss Pressing Problems with Nation’s Health Care System at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on Friday, September 5
- Q&A with student-athletes, members of the Athletic Training Program, School of Health Professions and public also planned - Brooklyn, N.Y. – On Friday, September 5 – At Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) will discuss health care reform, especially concerning access to quality care, disparities for minorities and emerging roles for a broad spectrum of providers. The congressman is expected to answer questions from an audience that includes student-athletes and students in the Athletic Training Program, which is sponsoring the event. “As a trained social worker and a member of the Health Subcommittee in Congress, I believe we must transform our broken health care system to address disparities in access and ensure that quality, affordable health care is a right and not a privilege" said Congressman Towns prior to the event. "I am committed to increasing opportunities for jobs and training for health professionals in all facets of the health care industry, and I strongly believe that together we can accomplish these goals in Congress." A 13-term veteran in the House who also serves on both the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Towns represents a diverse district that encompasses the neighborhoods of East New York, Canarsie, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Cypress Hills, Clinton Hill, Mill Basin, Midwood, Downtown Brooklyn and Boreum Hill, as well as parts of Fort Greene and Williamsburg. “We welcome this opportunity to hear from a distinguished public servant who is also one of the few members of Congress with personal experience working in the health care system,” said Dean Barry S. Eckert of the School of Health Professions. Noted Professor Tracye Rawls-Martin, director of the Athletic Training Education Programs at the Brooklyn Campus, “This is an important opportunity to learn more about the future direction of our nation’s health care delivery system and the role health care professionals can play in that system.” She added, “Congressman Towns is a strong advocate for ensuring that everyone has access to a range of licensed health care professionals, from athletic trainers and social workers to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.” Rep. Towns is scheduled to speak and take questions between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., on Friday, September 5, in room 124 of the Library Learning Center on the Brooklyn Campus, located near DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. The event is open to the public. The School of Health Professions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus offers a new program in sport management along with undergraduate and graduate degrees in athletic training, community health, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, respiratory care and sports sciences as well as entry-level and post-professional level doctor of physical therapy degrees. For details, contact the Office of Admissions at (718) 488-1011 or admissions@brooklyn.liu.edu National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport: Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. www.nata.org.

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