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Healthcare Access and Reform

February 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Overture Center for the Arts • Wisconsin Studio, Third Floor • Madison
Finding equity for rural and urban communities
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St Wisconsin Studio, Third Floor
53703 Madison , WI

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Significant changes are underway in federal and state policy related to how we pay for and deliver healthcare. These policies affect everyone in the state, as do trends of an aging population and advances in technology. Furthermore, many Wisconsin residents are employed by hospitals, insurance companies, and other healthcare-related sectors, which make up about one-six of our state's economy.   

For too long, Wisconsin’s high scores on various performance metrics have reflected excellence and continual improvements for some populations, while leaving others behind. Ongoing and egregious disparities in health and well-being robs our state of its potential and keeps us spending on acute and chronic care remedies. Health policy changes do and will have specific and unique effects on rural and urban, young and old, lower and high income.

Donna Friedsam will host a panel discussion with Greg Nycz and Lisa Peyton-Caire reviewing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Wisconsin and how policy changes will affect various communities as part of the Wisconsin Academy's The American Dream in Wisconsin Series. The talk will assess the philosophies and theories that underlie differing approaches to health policy and prospects for finding common ground.

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Donna Friedsam is a Distinguished Researcher at the University of Wisconsin and Health Policy Programs Director within the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She leads a team of faculty and researchers evaluating pilot and demonstration initiatives of the Wisconsin Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus coverage programs.

Greg Nycz is Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., (FHC) a federally funded community health center. Nycz has been involved with the planning and operation of FHC for over 44 years.

Lisa is the co-founder and inaugural director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highly successful DoIT Information Technology Academy (ITA), a pre-college technology training & college access program for first generation college students now in its 19th year. Spurred by her Mother’s untimely death from heart disease in 2006

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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500