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If you don’t learn anything about health care, at this point, it’s your own fault

Three opportunities for people to learn and/or debate and/or make noise (at UTEP, with state Sen. Shapleigh, and with Conservative Grassroots EP), presented in order as they came in to the NPT Inbox, most recent first:

AMA, NMA and NHMA Presidents Gather at UTEP to Discuss Health Care Disparities; AMA and NMA headed by UTEP alumni

As the debate over national health care reform gains momentum, The University of Texas at El Paso will welcome the presidents of the nation’s leading physicians’ organizations to discuss health care disparities and border health issues.

The American Medical Association’s Commission to End Health Care Disparities will hold a three-day meeting from Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4 on the UTEP campus.

Dr. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association (AMA); Dr. Willarda Edwards, president of the National Medical Association (NMA); and Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will attend the meeting, which will focus on health care along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rohack and Edwards are UTEP alumni. Rohack earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University in 1976, and Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1972.

The Commission to End Health Care Disparities was formed in 2004 to address the problem of unequal delivery of care caused by several factors, including race and ethnicity. The Commission works to increase awareness of the issue among physicians and health care workers, and it advocates for policies to eliminate disparities and deliver quality care to all people.


Senator Shapleigh, health care experts to hold town hall meeting on health care reform

“Our President has made health care reform America’s top domestic priority. Now is the time for El Pasoans to engage. We invite everyone to have your voice heard.”


EL PASO – On Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at EPCC Administrative Services Center, Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) will hold a town hall meeting on health care reform. Local community leaders will discuss the current health care crisis in El Paso and the potential impact of federal legislative proposals on El Pasoans.

Each leader will give a brief presentation followed by a Q & A session for citizens to engage on this important topic.

The panel will be compromised of health care professionals, including Dr. Jose Luna (Chief Medical Officer, Centro San Vicente), Mr. Salvador Balcorta (Executive Director, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe), Dr. David Palafox (El Paso County Medical Society), and Producer of the Ray Pearson Forum, Joe Oliva as Master of Ceremonies.

“Our President has made health care reform America’s top domestic priority. Now is the time for El Pasoans to engage. We invite everyone to have your voice heard.”

What: Senator Shapleigh to hold Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform
Where: EPCC Administrative Services Center, Auditorium, 9050 Viscount Blvd. North El Paso, TX 79925 (Map)
When: Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.


Health Care Town Hall Meeting

For Immediate Release
Date: August 24th, 2009

Genna Pendergras
Grass Roots El Paso
(915) 496-8487

WHAT: Health Care Town Hall Meeting
WHEN: September 2nd, 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
WHERE: Holiday Inn El Paso Airport

Grass Roots El Paso will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform on September 2nd at 6pm, at the Holiday Inn El Paso Airport. Featured speakers will include Mr. Hank Hernandez, CEO of Las Palmas Medical Center; Mr. James N. Valenti, President & CEO, University Medical Center of El Paso; Mr. John Harris, President & CEO of Sierra Providence Health Network.

This is also an opportunity for the community to hear the viewpoint of three CEO’s of El Paso hospitals, and to ask questions and learn more about health care reform.

In order to make a positive change in the El Paso area, Grass Roots El Paso strives to provide information and educate the voters of El Paso on issues that will help our community prosper. Through town hall meetings we are able to facilitate useful information that will provide for more educated votes at the ballot box; regardless of party affiliations.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Congressman Reyes, in case you havent noticed but Sen Shapleigh just fired a shot across your bow. He is taking full advantage of your ill-advised course of action with the Town Hall meetings.

    The only problem with these discussions(?) is that they start with a stacked deck. Cant have a discussion or debate when the pre-selected panel all agree on the same position. A discussion or debate is TWO points of view.


    August 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm

  2. We need far more information. Particularly, how will this be paid for? Will current health benefits be taxed?

    Ken G

    August 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  3. This is a report to Congress from the administrator of a small Florida hospital..There can be no realistic health care cost control until illegal aliens are removed from the equation completely….( DEPORTED )

    Tom Jefferson

    August 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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