16th Annual Washington Health Policy Institute Begins

Posted: June 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 16th Annual Washington Health Policy Institute, presented by Mason’s Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics in the College of Health and Human Services, begins Tuesday, June 3, in the Original Building, Room 244, on the Arlington Campus.

During the three and one-half day program, professionals interested in local, state and national-level health care policy will learn about current and emerging health policy issues and will interact with high-level players in the health policy-making process.

Lectures, case studies and interactive discussions will familiarize attendees with a wide array of topics including the federal budget process, the roles of various federal agencies, the interplay of state and federal policy-making, and the influence of the media.

The use of health services research to affect policy and the importance of ethics in health policy-making will also be discussed. On Wednesday, June 4, participants will travel to Capitol Hill to attend congressional hearings, make congressional office visits, and listen to House and Senate proceedings.

Featured speakers include Paula Hollinger, former Maryland state senator and currently an associate director with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Patrick Finnerty, director of the Virginia Medicaid Program; Michelle Artz, associate director, government affairs, American Nurses Association; Alan Morgan, executive director, National Rural Health Association; and Cathy Rick, chief officer, Office of Nursing Services, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additional information concerning the Washington Health Policy Institute is available online at hpi.gmu.edu. Questions concerning this event should be directed to Tim Henderson, acting deputy director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, at 703 993-1850 or thender1@gmu.edu.

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