Presidential candidates' health care reform plans debated

By Kristen Bole

Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD, MPH

**WHAT:** Public health experts will convene for a half-day conference to discuss the two presidential candidates’ vastly different suggestions for health care reform and assess the impact of each. Panelists will review the necessary elements of a reform and evaluate each plan from the perspective of women, low-income communities, public health advocates and health care providers. The meeting also will develop an action plan to inform California policymakers directly of the group’s views on reform proposals that promote health and wellness, and public health policies and programs. Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend. The conference is being hosted by the Center for Policy Analysis, California Public Health Association-North, Women LEAD for Health, and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

**WHEN:** Wednesday, October 22, 2008 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

**WHERE:** State of California Office Building 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco


Speakers include the following:

* Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD, MPH, Center for Policy Analysis
* Deborah LeVeen, PhD, Women LEAD for Health
* Dixie Horning, UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
* Giorgio Piccagli, California Public Health Association – North
* Roma Guy, California Women’s Agenda
* Jacob S. Hacker, PhD, UC Berkeley
* Tangerine Brigham, MPH, Healthy San Francisco
* Destiny Lopez, Women LEAD for Health
* Michael Lighty, California Nurses Association
* Anthony Wright, Health Care for America Now, Health Access
* Jeremy Cantor, Prevention Institute
* Bob Prentice, PhD, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

**MEDIA CONTACT:** Kristen Bole, UCSF News Office, 415-476-2557,
[email protected]

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