Public Forum to Focus on the Economic Burden of Chronic Disease in NH

The Carsey Institute and The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease will co-host a public forum to discuss preliminary results of the Milken Institute study on the economic burden of chronic disease on the United States and the State of New Hampshire.

This study brings to light for the first time what is often overlooked in the discussion of the impact of chronic disease - the economic loss associated with preventable illness and the cost to the nation's GDP and American businesses in lost growth. The study is the first of its kind to estimate the avoidable costs if a serious effort were made to improve Americans' health.

WHAT: Public forum and luncheon on the economic burden of chronic disease on the United States and New Hampshire

WHO: The Carsey Institute and the New Hampshire Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (NH PFCD). Ross C. DeVol, Director, Regional Economics and the Center for Health Economics at the Milken Institute will be the featured Presenter. The expert panel will also include Ned Helms, Director, Institute on Health Policy and Practice, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Robert D. Woodward, Forrest D. McKerley Endowed Chair in Health Economics, Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire.

WHEN: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 8th, 2007

WHERE: University of New Hampshire
Holloway Commons, Squamscot room

75 Main Street

Durham, NH 03824

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire conducts research and analysis on the challenges facing rural families and communities in New Hampshire, New England, and the nation. The Carsey Institute sponsors independent, interdisciplinary research that documents trends and conditions affecting families and communities, providing valuable information and analysis to policymakers, practitioners, the media, and the general public. Through this work, the Carsey Institute contributes to public dialogue on policies that encourage social mobility and sustain healthy, equitable communities. The Carsey Institute was established in May 2002 with a generous gift from UNH alumna and noted television producer Marcy Carsey.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is a national bipartisan coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease.