One of America’s most vocal supporters of health care reform, Dr. Quentin Young, will address participants at the One-Day Education Conference, sponsored by The Northwest Indiana Coalition for Health Care for All, Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Center of IU Northwest. The conference welcomes the public. Admission, which includes lunch, is $5 or $2 for retirees and the unemployed.
Young is the national coordinator of Physicians for National Health Care and an internist in Chicago. Nearly 9,000 doctors endorsed his recent proposal to overhaul the country’s health care system. This proposal was published in the Aug. 13, 2003 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The conference will include sessions on local, state and federal action, information on health care bargaining and provide facts about the Canadian health care system from Canadian unionist Diane Walker. U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky is scheduled to attend and will provide an update about congressional action on health care. In addition, he will also receive a highly circulated petition for health care reform from the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Health Care for All. Also in attendance will be Dr. Linda Murray, chief medical officer of the county-run clinics in Cook County, Ill. She is a riveting speaker and recognized authority on occupational health, according to Ruth Needleman, IU Northwest professor of labor studies.
"She will explain why our health care system has failed. She understands why we have so much sickness and disease," Needleman said.
The Northwest Indiana Coalition for Health Care for All is made up of unions, environmental, religious and community groups as well as the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, District 7 Steelworkers, Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, Service Employees Union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Calumet Project, Coalition for a Clean Environment, Heartland Center, Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, and IU Northwest Labor Studies Department.
For more information or to register for the conference, please call the Department of Labor Studies at IU Northwest at (219) 980-6825. Checks can be made payable to "Health Care Conference."