New Directions in American Health Care

Posted by on June 8, 2009

HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER presents a conference
New Directions in American Health Care:
Innovations From Home and Abroad

With participation and support from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Schiences, Hofstra Law School, the School of Education, Health and Human Services, and the School of Medicine in partnership with North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System.

Thursday and Friday
March 11 and 12, 2010

Keynote Speakers:
Vicente Navarro, M.D., Ph.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Policy Studies, John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Peter Zweifel, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Faced with social, political, economic and health burdens as a result of uninsured and underinsured residents, the states and localities have emerged in the past few years as hotbeds of U.S. health coverage innovation. Simultaneously, many other nations (while having long ago achieved universal coverage) have experimented over the past few decades with a spectrum of organizational innovations as they have grappled with issues of cost, quality and persisten health disparities.

The successes and failures of state and local efforts and the experiences of other nations contain valuable lessons that should inform American health care police, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office after January 2009. The goal of the New Directions in American Health Care conference is twofold: 1) to facilitate discussion from an interdisciplinary perspective, a year into the new presidential administration, around transferable solutions to America’s health care coverage crisis; and 2) to help set a research and policy agenda to ameliorate critical dilemmas in coverage, cost and quality of health care.

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