A conference on the challenges of maintaining access to quality health care and on key health-care related issues is scheduled Feb. 6 in the Provo Excelsior Hotel, 101 W. First North.

The "Utah Conference on Health Care: A Question of Public Policy" will feature state and national experts. Rep. Howard Niel-son, R-Utah, will be the chairman and moderator of the conference.Speakers will include: Frank E. Young, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Jay Adamson, managing director of personnel services at Brigham Young University; Eugene Beck, president and chief executive officer of the Utah Hospital Association; Suzanne Dandoy, executive director of the Utah Department of Health; and John Stanchfield, medical director for the Utah Medical Insurance Association.

Issues to be addressed range from controlling costs to the role of the FDA in the AIDS crisis.

Also, two perspectives on achieving air-quality goals will be presented by Constance Lund-berg of Geneva Steel and Burnell Cordner, director of the Utah Bureau of Air Quality.

"After listening to people in my district question policies and regulations that affect their lives, I decided it was time to bring together the people who are working in the health-care system with the people who are affected by it," Nielson said.

Also sponsoring the conference are Utah Power & Light Co, FHP, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hercules, US WEST, Intermountain Health Care, Novell, Delta Air Lines, Geneva Steel and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The public is invited. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. There is a $13 charge for printed materials, the luncheon and refreshments. Reservations should be made in advance at Nielson's office, 88 W. First North, Suite 105, Federal Building, Provo, UT 84601, or by calling 377-1776.