Single Payer Now

Posted: Oct 28th, 2010


PNHP Leadership Training and Annual Conference

When: Friday, November 5, 2010
Where: Denver, CO

November 5–6, 2010

Sheraton Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202
(800) 325‑3535

PNHP’s 2010 Leadership Training Institute will take place Friday, November 5, 2010 in Denver, CO. To register for the Leadership Training Institute, please contact Matt Petty at mattatpnhpdotorg  (mattatpnhpdotorg)   or 312–782-6006. For agenda, see below.

Please note: The program starts at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch is on your own before the training starts!

Note:  All leadership training participants also attend the PNHP Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 6, 2010

General Session – Room TBA

1:00 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
– Dr. Oliver Fein, PNHP President
– Dr. Don McCanne, PNHP Senior Health Policy Fellow

1:15 p.m.
An Evidence-Based Grand Rounds on PPACA and Single Payer National Health Insurance
– Followed by Q and A/discussion period
– Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder, PNHP

2:45 p.m. – Break

3:00 p.m. – Workshops 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all repeated at 4:15 p.m, rooms TBA)
(all workshops start with roundtable introductions to facilitate networking)

1. PNHP’s proposal for improving quality with single payer NHI
– Dr. Gordon Schiff, author of PNHP’s Proposal on Quality

2. Chapter building:  Organizing physicians and working with the media
– Dr. Oliver Fein, PNHP President 2009–2010

3. Answering the hard questions from physicians about reform
– Dr. Don McCanne, Senior Health Policy Fellow, author “Quote of the Day”

4. Health care in Canada and other industrialized nations
– Dr. Claudia Fegan, author “Universal Healthcare:  What the United States Can Learn From The Canadian Experience”

4:00 p.m. – Break

4:15 p.m. – Workshops repeated

5:15 p.m. – Break

6:00 p.m. – Dinner
“Labor and the movement for single payer in California”
– Rose Roach, California School Employees Union
(spouses/Board members coming to Annual Meeting also invited to attend dinner)

8:00 p.m.
Mock Debates
– Drs. Andy Coates Deb Richter (optional)

The PNHP Leadership Training Institute is an intensive “crash course” in health policy and the case for national health insurance for physicians. The program is designed to give physician activists the expertise they need to become effective advocates for single-payer and leaders in the movement for national health insurance.

The faculty of nationally known researchers, teachers and leaders present data making the case for national health insurance and answer the “tough questions” of opponents. Small group and plenary sessions provide the opportunity for in-depth discussion of the material and extensive personal attention.

Most participants are physicians; a select few non-physician allied health professionals and students also participate. Program topics include “Debating Conservatives on Health Policy,” “Health Care Quality and Malpractice,” and “Myths and Realities about the Canadian Health System.”

At the end of this course participants will be able to

1. Use the PNHP slide show in a Grand Rounds or other medical conference with confidence.

2. Answer the “tough questions” on reform — what about rationing, government bureaucracy, and technology? — using the latest medical and health services research.

3. Describe how other countries provide universal coverage and why single-payer is the best option for reform based on decades of international experience and the unique features of the US health system.

4. Write an effective op-ed or other mass media article for publication.

5. Identify strategies to advance the health care debate in your community using available resources.

6. Overcome inertia and find your “niche” in the health care debate — the place to use your interests and talents most effectively.

7. Identify experts on various aspects of reform (quality, pharmaceuticals, costs, etc) who are resources to the movement.

8. Describe the powerful groups leading opposition to reform and the relationship between congress, the insurance and drug companies, and the “government-industry revolving door.”

9. Place the current push for reform — and opposition to it — in historical context since 1904.

10. Respond to the “myths” about reform with the “facts.”

11. Start (or re-vitalize) a chapter of PNHP.

12. Work effectively with grassroots advocates for reform.

And much, much more!

Note: All participants are requested to submit a CV or bio and photograph (head shot only) for us to keep on file for our speakers’ bureau. Please send these separately to PNHP, 29 E. Madison, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60602. mattatpnhpdotorg  (mattatpnhpdotorg)  .

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