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Deans Invited to Speak at International Conference in China

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Two deans from the College of Health and Public Affairs were invited to speak at a conference in China that included scholars from four continents.

Melvin Rogers, associate dean for student affairs, and Thomas Wan, associate dean for research, spoke at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research on Long-term Care and Healthy Aging, held May 22-23 in the city of Hangzhou. Zhejiang University hosted the conference.

The participants included social, behavioral, biological and medical scientists interested in long-term care and health aging. They came from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America to share presentations and ideas.

During the Opening Ceremony, Rogers welcomed the scholars and spoke of the value of an international conference on healthy aging to both China and the world. Later that morning, Wan spoke at a Plenary Session focused on interdisciplinary studies on healthy aging. He presented "The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Rural Medicare Beneficiaries in the United States."

In addition, Zhejiang University officials asked Wan to prepare a keynote address for the university's 118th anniversary celebration on May 24. He presented "Nursing Home and Community-Based Care for Frail Elderly: Implications for Chinese Elderly Population" to Zhejiang graduate students.

Rogers said the Zhejiang University hosts were extremely gracious. He also said they are interested in building a relationship with the College of Health and Public Affairs, and he anticipates further exchange between the two in the future.

Photo below: Rogers (front row, ninth from left) and Wan (front row, fourth from right) with their fellow conference participants.

Rogers - Wan - China Conference



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