AABGU Sponsors Update for Israel’s Health System‏


(from left) AABGU national vice-president and Philadelphia Chapter board member Dr. Al Sutnick, AABGU Philadelphia vice-chair and Health Sciences committee co-chair Dr. Rob Zipkin, and Dr. Jay Bloch

A discussion of health and social justice in Israel was just what the doctor ordered at a reception in Jenkintown, sponsored by the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). BGU Professor Nadav Davidovitch spoke about Israel’s public and private healthcare systems and compared them to proposed changes in the United States under President Obama’s new initiatives. In addition to Israel’s four major public health consortiums, there is also a growing private sector for those who can afford the cost of treatment. Joining Prof. Davidovitch on the program was Prof. Michael Yudell, director of Drexel University’s new program in Public Health ethics and a collaborator with Prof. Davidovitch on a NIH-sponsored study on autism, ethics and history. Prof. Yudell also writes the blog “The Public’s Health” for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

More details after the jump.


(from left) Drexel University Professor Michael Yudell; BGU Professor Nadav Davidovitch; AABGU Philadelphia Chapter board member and host Shirley Tauber; BGU researcher Uri Schwed; and Dr. Rob Zipkin

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) aims for sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. With some 20,000 students on campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat in Israel’s southern desert, BGU considers itself a university with a conscience, where the highest academic standards are integrated with community involvement, committed to sustainable development of the Negev.

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