Millennial Healthcare Workers Get Political

Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation, according to the Pew Research Center, but what does it mean for future healthcare leaders of America?

Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

A beauty queen's response to a question about health care has highlighted a debate percolating throughout American society: Is health care a right or privilege?

Healthforce Center Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on the topic: 

Healthcare Leaders and Activism: A Conversation with Perri Morgan of Duke

Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C, is professor and the director of research in the Physician Assistant Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. She is a practicing PA, specializing in hypertension, and an educator of PAs at Duke. In 2013 she, along with about 900 others, were arrested for protesting at the North Carolina state capitol where they advocated for Medicaid expansion in the state.  We recently sat down with Perri to talk about the role of health professionals in political life.

What inspires you to protest?

Families Wary of Enrolling Undocumented Kids in Medi-Cal (KPCC)

Although California law allows children under 19 to access Medi-Cal regardless of their immigration status, many parents are pulling them from the program due to fear of deportation, according to a story from National Public Radio station KPCC.

Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Cohort 7 alumna Susie Ramirez from Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center was interviewed for the story:

The Affordable Care Act’s Bipartisan Support

by Igor Geyn

The Affordable Care Act is personal for me. As a young adult under the age of 26, ACA allows me to stay on my parents' insurance plan. Though I've been lucky to avoid costly medical treatment, the coverage has provided me with peace of mind and delivered thousands of dollars in savings.

I am not alone in a country of millions of similarly positioned young adults, individuals with conditions that would be labeled "pre-existing," and hardworking Americans for whom Medicaid coverage means not spending over half of their income on health insurance.

Innovators Aim to Make California the Healthiest State

Could California become the healthiest state in the nation by 2022?

That is the goal of Let’s Get Healthy California, a public-private initiative started in 2012 with the purpose of advancing the triple-aim, promoting health equity and leveraging innovation through collective impact.