Deliberative Democracy Day to Examine Health Care Reform

“Health Care Reform: What’s in it for Students?” will be the focus of this year’s Deliberative Democracy Day, March 9 at Weber State University.

The event, held in Shepherd Union Ballroom B, will feature a panel discussion with current and former health care practitioners, including: Dianna Abel, director of WSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center; Shelly Braun, Reforms Initiative Director for the Utah Health Policy Project; Richard Dahlkemper, WSU Health Administrative Services assistant professor; and Dr. Shawn McQuilkin, clinical physician and medical director for the WSU Health Center. The panel will field questions from students and the general public.

In preparation for the day’s events, hundreds of WSU students responded to a survey focusing on health care concerns. Prior to the panel presentation on March 9, the students will meet in small groups to discuss policy issues surrounding health care.

The event is part of the national American Democracy Project’s (ADP) Deliberative Democracy Day. According to its website, the ADP is a “multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with the New York Times.”

The panel presentation is free to the public.

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Kathryn MacKay, history professor
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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