VA - March 11 - AMSA members and other medical students will join
thousands of nursing and public health students throughout the
nation in participating in on-campus activities to learn more
about the plight of the more than 74 million Americans who lack
health insurance. These events have been planned as part of Cover
the Uninsured Week, a series of national and local events designed
to raise awareness about the uninsured. The campus events are
planned for Tuesday, March 11 at medical, dental, public health
and nursing schools across the country.
Cover the Uninsured
Week is a weeklong series of events taking place in communities
from coast to coast during March 10-16. To advance the nation's
understanding of the uninsured, some of the most influential organizations
in the United States including AMSA are joining with The Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation in support of the week.
shows that uninsured Americans often delay medical treatment and
preventive screenings because they cannot afford them. As a result,
the uninsured often live sicker and die younger than Americans
who have health insurance coverage.
we believe that equal access to comprehensive health care is a
basic right. AMSA has long encouraged medical students to recognize
the plight of the uninsured and our responsibility to take leadership
in solving this crisis", said Eric J. Hodgson, M.D., national
president of AMSA. "We are encouraged that today's on-campus activities
will engage even more health professional students in meaningful
discussions and partnerships to eradicate uninsurance in America."
are tomorrow's health leaders, and it is crucial for them to understand
that millions of uninsured Americans live sicker and die younger
than they should because they lack health care coverage," said
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of The Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. "These campus discussions are making
it clear to the next generation of physicians and nurses that
they will not be able to provide the best care for every patient
until the uninsured have health coverage."
Some of AMSA's
campus events being held include:
In New York,
AMSA chapters at NYU, Columbia, City University of NY at Brooklyn,
State University of NY-Downstate, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
will host a number of distinguished guests who will discuss the
various moral, ethical, and socioeconomic implications of the
uninsured. Dr. Eric Hodgson, AMSA National President will speak
at a candlelight vigil in Union Square. Other speakers at the
vigil will include Rima Cohen, Greater NY Hospital Association,
Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program,
Anne-Mindy Sheinbaum, Children's Defense Fund, Mark Kessler, Brooklyn
Chamber of Commerce, Lanny Smith, MD, Doctors for Global Health,
and Mark Hannay, Metro NYC Health Care for All Campaign
In San Francisco,
the AMSA chapter at the University of California will host a panel
discussion on options for the uninsured featuring former Robert
Wood Johnson President Dr. Steven Schroeder, as well as a panel
discussion with Blue Shield Chief Medical officer Dr. Eric Brock,
and UCSF professor Dr. Kevin Grumbach.
AMSA chapters at University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern,
Loyola, and University of Chicago will each have special presentations
on the uninsured featuring doctors, ethicists, economists, and
AMSA chapters at University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Thomas Jefferson
University- Jefferson Medical College, and Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine will each have doctors, professors, and
medical students leading discussions among students, educators,
doctors, nurses, and other health care providers about the plight
of the uninsured and the challenge of providing the uninsured
with adequate health care.
the AMSA chapter at Vanderbilt University will hear a keynote
address by Mr. Boone Powell, retired CEO of Baylor Health Systems.
Other panelists presenting the health, legal/moral/ethical and
economic perspectives of the uninsured will include Dr. Thomas
F. Frist of the Hospital Corporation of America, Inc, Dr. Stephanie
Bailey of the Metro Public Health Department, and Dr. Larry Churchill
of Vanderbilt School of Medicine with wrap-up by Dr. Harry Jacobson
of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. John Seigenthaler
will moderate the event.
on AMSA On Campus events being held in conjunction with 'Cover
the Uninsured Week', contact your local AMSA chapter or visit
www.amsa.org. For a complete listing of the entire week's events,
log on to www.CoverTheUninsuredWeek.org.