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President-Elect of American Public Health Association to Present UB's 22nd Perry Lecture

By Lois Baker

Release Date: October 8, 2010

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Linda Rae Murray, an advocate of health care as a basic human right, will present the 22nd J. Warren Perry Lecture on Oct. 15.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of Illinois' Cook County Department of Public Health and president-elect of the American Public Health Association, will present the 22nd J. Warren Perry Lecture on Friday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in 105 Harriman Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus.

Murray will discuss "Living like we are bullet proof: Social justice and health in the United States."

The lecture is sponsored by UB's School of Public Health and Health Profession and is free and open to the public.

Murray has been a voice for social justice and health care as a basic human right for more than 40 years, and has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has practiced occupational medicine in Canada and the United States, and is a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center.

She also is an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital, and is an adjunct assistant professor in the departments of Occupational & Environmental Health and Health Policy & Administration at the University of Illinois' School of Public Health.

Murray has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations. She currently is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the board of directors of Trinity Health, a Catholic health system with facilities in seven Midwestern and Western states.

Murray was medical director of Winfield Moody, the federally funded health center serving the Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. She plays a leadership role in many organizations, including the National Association of City & County Health Officers' Health Equity & Social Justice Team, and is on the national executive board of the American Public Health Association. She also serves on the board of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Murray's lecture is made possible by a grant from the late J. Warren Perry, founding dean of the former UB School of Health Related Professions.

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