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Visiting Fulbright Chair to give CHEPA seminar on long term care research

06 Nov 2008

Cynthia Mara, an associate professor from Penn State University who is currently spending a semester at McMaster University as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, will deliver the CHEPA Monthly Seminar in November.

Mara’s research is focused on aging, long-term care and health systems organization and policy. The title of her seminar is An American in Canada: The journey to a study of long-term care policy and administration in Ontario.

The seminar will take place Wednesday, November 19th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in HSC-4N55A.

As a Fulbright Research Chair, Mara is based in the Department of Health, Aging and Society, where she is studying institutional and home- and community-based long term care in Ontario’s single-payer health care system. She is specifically interested in the mechanisms and policies that foster integration both within long term care and between long term care and medical care.

In the U.S., the long term care system is extremely fragmented, largely due to the multiple payers, which have differing eligibility requirements and provision of services.

Mara has been teaching at Penn State University in Harrisburg, Pa., since 1994. She is currently associate professor of health care administration and policy, and co-ordinator of the Long Term Care Certificate Program in the School of Public Affairs.

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is a bi-national program supported by the governments of both countries, as well as public and private sector partners. The mandate of the program is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the two countries, by providing support to graduate students, faculty, professionals and independent researchers to learn and work in academic programs in the other country.

The exchanges allow for the development of future leaders and contribute to public policy debate in both countries.

Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar.

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