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Health Care Policy: Can We Strengthen Communities and Build a Culture of Health?

Panel discussion: Kristen Alford (Sociology & Social Work), Mikael Pelz (Political Science), Scott VanderLinde (Economics) and Gail Zandee (Nursing)

The US health care system remains under scrutiny. What have been the contributions and failures of the Affordable Care Act? How has the ACA affected local communities? What changes are being proposed, and why? What effects will they have?

About the panelists

Kristen Alford is assistant professor and director of the social work program. Her research interests include gerontology, chronic disease prevention and detection, health disparities and access to health care.

Mikael Pelz is assistant professor of political science and serves the public health and urban studies programs. He currently teaches courses in American politics and public administration.

Scott VanderLinde is professor and chair of the economics department. His fields of academic research include the health system and health policy, macroeconomic forecasting, and forensic economics.

Gail Zandee is associate professor and community partnership coordinator of the nursing department. Her academic interests include health promotion/illness prevention, community-based participatory research, and community health worker programs.

About the Just Citizenship series

This series has been organized by the Dean for Research and Scholarship under the Provost's Faith and Citizenship Initiative

What does it mean for Christians to think deeply and act justly in this time of political uncertainty? Just Citizenship is a weekly series of interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions addressing current issues and asking how Christians can work for renewal in society. Join us in the Chapel each Monday at 3:30 during the spring semester; all of these events are free and open to the public. Find out more about the series and related events.

The Just Citizenship series has been approved for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) in the state of Michigan. For every forum you attend, you can earn one clock hour of SCECH credit for certificate renewal. For more information and a SCECH application form, please visit our homepage for the series.

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