3395.1 Town Hall Meeting on Health System Reform

Monday, October 27, 2008: 4:30 PM
The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2008 annual meeting takes place just a few days before one of the most critical elections our country has faced in years. One of the reasons that this election is so important is the startling set of facts related to the health and well being of America’s public. With more than 47 million people who are uninsured, countless more who are underinsured, costs rising and health outcomes falling, a debate that focuses primarily on treating the sick and assuring access to health insurance coverage rather than creating a healthy population with an infrastructure in place to assure that we stay that way, there is no better time for APHA meeting attendees to discuss one of the most difficult issues facing public health today – health system reform. The session include panelists representing several different sectors of the discussion: Private sector advocacy groups, campaign representatives and public health leaders. Many organizations have already begun to organize campaigns to educate and inform the public, policymakers and opinion leaders about some of the issues which must be addressed as the new President, Congress and state leaders take office in January 2009. APHA has been invited to participate in many different groups and now is our opportunity to hear from some of the important opinion leaders and decision makers in this discussion.
Session Objectives: The session objective would be to learn from some of the leaders in health reform about the issues, parameters and challenges expected in the coming year for audience members to be able to share opinions about their priorities in health reform.

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