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It's Up To You

What's next in the national discussion about our health care? This is your chance to be part of an important debate. Use the resources of this web site to learn about our health care system.

What happens next, depends on you.

Public Input Webcast Events

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University of Michigan Hosts 22 Universities in Nationwide Discussion on Health Care

The University of Michigan, on March 22, 2006, hosted an online town hall meeting entitled, “What Is Your Health Worth? A National Conversation on Health Care”. This live web cast took place in cooperation with twenty-two universities and schools of public health, which held local meetings and participated in the video hook-up to the web cast.

Participating Institutions:

Boston University
Drexel University
Emory University
George Washington University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Purdue University
Tulane University
University at Albany
University of Arkansas
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Louisville
University of Michigan (host institution)
University of Minnesota
University of South Carolina
University of Wisconsin

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, transmitted the proceedings from the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, on the University of Michigan’s North Campus, to simultaneous public meetings at 22 campuses around the country. Panelists responded to questions and comments from the participating schools.

A multimedia presentation providing information on the nation’s health care system, including problems related to cost, quality, and access to care, was followed by more focused discussions, with participants sharing ideas about how to improve the health care system.

Webcast Panelists at the Ford Library site:

  • Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan. Coleman co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.
  • Patricia Maryland, President of St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services Inc. in central Indiana, and a member of the Working Group.
  • Catherine McLaughlin, Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Director of the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured. McLaughlin is a member of the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group.
  • Deborah Stehr, a member of the Working Group, who is a full-time care-giver for her adult son, Jonathan, who has cerebral palsy.
  • Kenneth Warner, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

To participate further, join our discussion forum.

See the community meeting report on this webcast.


An Invitation to the American People

View the archived webcast of this press conference and rollout announcement; held October 6, 2005 at the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.:

  • Release of The Health Report to the American People
  • Announcement of new Citizens' Health Care Working Group web site

See more information on this webcast, provided online by, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Public Community Forum

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The Conference Center at Harvard Medical
Boston, Massachusetts

An archived webcast of this event is available. See more information on this webcast, provided online by the Kaiser Family Foundation.


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