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On March 22, "What is Your Health Worth? A National Conversation on Health Care" will take place in 23 locations across the United States, including the U's Twin Cities campus.

Health care: public pipes in

University of Minnesota joins nationwide discussion on health care

March 15, 2006

The University of Minnesota is one of 22 sites nationwide hosting a public discussion on U.S. health care titled "What is Your Health Worth? A National Conversation on Health Care." This free event is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5-125 Moos Tower on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

The University's discussion on the U.S. health care system, its flaws, and how those flaws can be addressed will be linked via satellite to other town hall meetings going on at other Big 10 universities and multiple schools of public health. The highlights of the national conversation will be compiled and forwarded to President George W. Bush and key members of Congress. "This is a great opportunity for people to voice their concerns about the country's health-care policies," said John Finnegan, Jr., dean of the U's School of Public Health. "We look forward to engaging with a large nationwide audience in an informed dialogue about this important issue."

The national event is led by the Citizens' Health Care Working Group and sponsored locally by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The U.S. Congress created the Citizens' Health Care Working Group in 2003 to find out what the public thinks about the accessibility, cost, and quality of health care, and to turn that input into policy recommendations for the federal government. The group does so through surveys and community meetings such as this national discussion. A panel of University health policy experts will lead the citizen discussion. Judith Garrard, senior associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Public Health, will moderate the event. Panel members include Mac Baird, head of the Medical School's Department of Family Practice and Community Health; Alan Lifson, associate professor of epidemiology and community health; and professors Lynn Blewett, Ira Moscovice, Susan Bartlett Foote, and Roger Feldman of the Division of Health Services Research & Policy. A light dinner buffet and beverages will be provided.

For more information, visit the School of Public Health or Citizens' Health Care.