Kateryna Yushchenko, first lady of Ukraine, will visit the United States next week. She will arrive first in Washington for a series of meetings, then move on to Philadelphia, and end the week in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. While in Washington Kateryna Yushchenko will meet with leaders of the Ukrainian diaspora, health care professionals, businessmen, economic development experts, government officials and have a meeting with Laura Bush at the White House.
In PhiladelphiaThe Ukrainian Federation of America, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee will host Kateryna Yuschenko for a series of meetings regarding improving Ukraine's health care services and world affairs, AUR informs.
The first meeting will be a program and dinner on Tuesday May 30, 2006 hosted by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is the premier public policy platform in America's birthplace and one of the top speaking forums in the nation.
The Ukrainian Federation of America through it's Ukrainian health care initiative "Project Lifeline" has organized a private program for Wednesday in support of Kateryna Yushchenko's primary program, through the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, to substantially improve the health care received by the people of Ukraine, especially Ukraine's children.
The Federation, under the leadership of Dr. Zenia Chernyk, Chair, Healthcare Commission and Vera Andryczyk, President, has arranged a private breakfast on Wednesday for the first lady to meet with top U.S. health care professionals and representatives of the pharmaceutical industries.
The first lady will then visit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the birthplace of pediatric medicine in the United States. The First Lady will tour Children's Hospital facilities and meet with Hospital leadership to encourage a sharing of knowledge and experience between doctors in the United States and the Ukraine, with the hope to improve healthcare for children worldwide.
At the hospital Mrs. Yushchenko will meet with Lawrence McAndrews, president, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), James M. Steven, M.D., S.M., senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital physicians, researchers and administrators.
Following the tour of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mrs. Yushchenko will be the Guest of Honor at a private luncheon meeting, set up by the Ukrainian Federation of America, with representatives of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and charitable organizations. The luncheon will be held at Neville Gallery at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.
Philadelphia is the secondstop on the First Lady's national tour. She will also earlier visit Washington, D.C.,and then stops in California. This is Mrs. Yushchenko's second visit to Philadelphia, after first coming to the city in September 2005 when President Victor Yushchenko received the Liberty Medal.
Since that time, Mrs. Yushchenko has met with many in the American medical and pharmaceutical industries, through the "Project Lifeline" program of the Ukrainian Federation of America, in order to further her effort to elevate medical standards in Ukraine.
In California the first lady will continue her meetings with health care professionals,Ukrainian-Americanleaders, and other officials.

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