Health Policy Institute Set for June 7-11

Posted: May 24, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

The power to have an impact on the U.S. health care system is the theme of the 12th Washington Health Policy Institute, June 7-11, at the Arlington Campus’ Mercatus Center. “The Nation’s Health: Action through Public Policy,” sponsored by the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics (CHPRE) in the College of Nursing and Health Science, will provide an opportunity for professionals interested in health policy to interact with high-level players in the health policy making process. The conference will offer a state-of-the-art overview of the health policy process, the players, and current and emerging health policy issues.

“Mason’s Health Policy Institute gives participants both a broad-stroke picture and an understanding of current health policy issues being debated both in Washington, D.C., and in their state capitals,” says Nancy Sharp, institute director. “Participants, as very mature and experienced health care professionals, are invigorated by this weeklong institute and return to their home states with a new level of comfort for participating here in the policy making process. They become enthusiastically engaged in the process and return home with a clearer vision of how they can make a difference in the future of our health care system.”

Session topics will include:

  • Is the U.S. health system up to the challenge of terrorism?
  • What does the future health care workforce look like?
  • What are current legislative concerns for the health community?
  • How does the media influence policy and politics?
  • The presidential candidates: what are their differences on health reform?

The newly appointed deputy director of CHPRE, Carole P. Jennings, will present “Policy Analysis and Strategy—What Are the Processes and Influences?”

“The Health Policy Institute for 2004 will introduce an unprecedented number of participants to the central issues influencing the nation’s health and give them real-time insights and strategies for dealing with the policy-amenable problems, issues, and political processes that influence public health policy making in the United States,” says P.J. Maddox, director of CHPRE’s Office of Research. “In a presidential election year, this is the ‘not to be missed’ summer institute for health policy networking.”

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