Updated March 6, 2018.
*TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.*
Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately all of the attendee spots are full, but you can still participate! Portions of the event will be live-streamed on The Harkin Institute’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/harkininstitute.
Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Parents Hall, Upper Olmsted Center, Drake University, 2875 University Ave., Des Moines, 50311
The Harkin Institute is excited to present its latest event, The Harkin on Wellness Symposium, an annual gathering to discuss timely topics associated with wellness and nutrition. The 2018 Harkin on Wellness Symposium will focus on the importance of preventive care and policy.
Learn about the latest trends in preventive care and population health and discuss how they can influence health policy, clinical and community care.
“As a country, we need to remain committed to transforming our current sick-care system to a true health care system with a greater emphasis on wellness, prevention, and public health,” said Senator Tom Harkin, retired.
Harkin served 27 years on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee – including five years as chairman before his retirement in 2014 – and placed a priority on preventive care. He authored many prevention provisions including the creation of the $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund, a dedicated stream of funding for public health, wellness and prevention initiatives. Wellness and nutrition is one of The Harkin Institute’s four focus areas for research and education.
Renowned doctor Andrew Weil, founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, will deliver the keynote speech. Weil has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the most influential Americans (1997) and 100 most influential people in the world (2005). He is a clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health at the University of Arizona and the author of 14 books. Weil is also a member of The Harkin Institute’s Wellness and Nutrition Advisory Committee.
“This event will provide a great opportunity for health care providers, students and members of the public alike to share ideas about how to shift the focus to protecting health rather than treating disease,” Weil said. “Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to incorporate a broader range of therapeutic options and educate patients about nutrition, exercise and other healthy activities.”
The symposium will address the topics of cancer care and prevention, childhood obesity and diabetes prevention, and lifestyle prevention strategies. A panel of health education experts from Drake University, Des Moines University and the University of Iowa will discuss best practices for training health professionals to adequately provide and advocate for preventive care.