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Patient Advocacy Leadership Summits

MMHC has held several Regional Patient Advocacy Leadership Summits (RPALS) over the past few years:

Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit Highlights
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2011 Midwest Regional Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (RPALS)
"Improving Quality in the Healthcare Reform Era: Innovative Healthcare Delivery Systems in Communities of Color"
October 28, 2011,
Lansing, MI

Speaker Presentations -

Keynote Speaker

Creating a Healthier State for All Michiganders
Olga Dazzo,
Michigan Department of Community Health
Lansing, MI
Health Equity Workshop
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Ohio State University
Introduction to Opportunity Mapping:
Understanding the Geography of Opportunity to Promote Health Equity

Jason Reece, Senior Researcher
Opportunity Communities Program,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Panel: Implementation of the Healthcare Exchange System as
Proposed in the Affordable Care Act -
Ron Christie, Founder & CEO
Christie Strategies, LLC, Washington, DC

Don Hazaret, Director, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, Lansing, MI

Just Caring: Health Reform and Health Care Cost Containment
Leonard M. Fleck, Ph.D., Philosophy & Medical Ethics
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Panel: Healthcare Delivery in Communities of Color
Denise White-Perkins, Director, Institute on Multicultural Health
Nancy L. Combs, Director, Office of Community Health Equity & Wellness,
Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, MI

Engaging Mental Health Issues in Latino Population
Professor Waldo A. Mikels-Carrasco, Director, Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2010 Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS)
"The Impact of Health Care Reform on Communities of Color"
December 3, 2010, Lansing, MI

Keynote Speakers -

Sherice Perry
Program Manager
Minorities Health Initiatives
Families USA
Washington, DC
Antoinette Kraus
Project Director
Pennsylvania Heath Access Network
Philadelphia, PA
There has been much debate about the Affordable Care Act. What will health care reform mean for millions of minority people in our nation? Please join us at the Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS) to learn about and to discuss the implications of health care reform for all of us.

Summit Agenda

Speaker Presentations -

ACA Opportunities to Address Health Disparities - A State Perspective
Deborah Riddick, J.D., R.N.
Director of Policy and Planning, School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, Lansing, MI 
Just Caring - The Ethical Challenges of Implementing Health Reform: Rough Justice, Ragged Edges, Rugged Moral Terrain
Leonard M. Fleck, Ph.D, Philosophy & Medical Ethics
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2009 Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS)
"Where Does Minority Health Factor into the Health Reform Equation?"
Implementing Public Act 653 - Michigan's Health Disparity Law
December 10 - 11, 2009,
East Lansing, MI  

Summit Agenda

Speaker Presentations -

Building Stronger Communities for Better Health: Moving from Science to Policy and Practice
Brian Smedley, Ph.D.,
Vice President and Director
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C.

Reform What? Business as Usual or the Usual Business
Adewale Troutman, M.D., Director
Louisville Metro Department of
Public Health and Wellness, Louisville, KY

Making Your Voice Count: Advocacy Workshop
Deborah Riddick, J.D., R.N.
, Director of Policy and Plannin, School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, Lansing, MI

National Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit Network

Sponsored by WAV (Without A Vision, the People Perish) and the Michigan Minority Health Coalition.