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"Health Equity in a Time of Economic Scarcity" to Be Explored at SCU/CSTS Colloquium

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2010—How best to bring revolutionary genetic techniques to Native Americans grappling with indigenous health problems and lack of resources is the topic of a colloquium organized by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS).

The colloquium, “Implementing Personalized Medicine for Poor and Marginalized Communities” will be held February 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Nobili Hall Dining Room at Santa Clara University,

The U.S. Indian Health Service, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services,  is currently investigating how new genomic discovery and treatment options can be made available in a low-cost, high-efficacy way to low-income, resource-challenged Native American populations who suffer from distinctive health problems.

Featuring a speech by Theresa Ann Cullen, M.D., M.S., assistant surgeon general, chief information officer (CIO), and director of the Office of Information Technology for the Indian Health Service, the colloquium will also be a forum for public health and academic leaders to discuss the nature of the constraints to health equity, their structural underpinnings, and their possible solutions. 

As CIO of the Indian Health Service, Dr. Cullen oversees a diverse range of agency functions in information systems planning, development, and management. She is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, and holds the rank of Rear Admiral.

Dr. Cullen will be joined by Sally Lehrman, Santa Clara University’s Knight Ridder–San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair in Journalism and the Public Interest. In her journalism work, Lehrman specializes in covering race relations, identity, and gender within the context of medicine and science.

CSTS is devoted to understanding and enabling the innovative application of science and technology for global human benefit. More information can be found at

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