Health-care debate

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The national health-care debate rages on. And with the November elections looming, St. Louis public health-care leaders continue to face uncertainty. Public jurisdictions, regional health-care policy experts and local providers are working to understand the potential ramifications for health policy and service delivery for citizens of the St. Louis region.

The Public Policy Administration program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis has assembled a panel of St. Louis public health leaders to discuss their plans for the region’s public health future in the ever-changing maze of federal legislation and local policy. The panel discussion will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL.

Panelists will include:

• Pamela Walker, director of the Department of Health for the city of St. Louis
• Ryan Baker, director of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health
• Robert Fruend, chief executive officer for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission

Julianne Stone, director of the Local Government Partnership, will moderate the panel discussion, which is part of the “Focus on Public Administration & Policy” series. The series is sponsored by the Local Government Partnership, a joint effort of the Public Policy Administration Program at UMSL, Center for Ethics in Public Life at UMSL, School of Professional & Continuing Studies at UMSL and East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The next panel discussion, “The Public Pension Crisis: Is there a Workable Solution?”, will be on Dec. 6.

The discussions are free and open to the public. A reception will follow both programs.

Contact Julie Stone at 314-421-4220, ext. 288, or for more information.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz