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Northwestern Hosts Virtual Town Hall on Health Care Costs, Quality

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March 14, 2006

CHICAGO --- Northwestern University will host “What Is Your Health Worth?,” a virtual town hall meeting on accessibility, cost and quality of health care that will be part of a national Web cast presented to audiences across the country.

The meeting will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., March 22, at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior St.

Coordinating the event, the University of Michigan will transmit the proceedings via satellite to simultaneous public meetings at all the Big 10 Conference schools and to the 11 schools of public health around the United States. Town hall audience members will have the opportunity to share their input electronically with panelists in Ann Arbor.

The public is invited to watch and participate in this national conversation on health care, which also will be broadcast via Web streaming from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time (www.umich.edu/healthmeeting).

The University of Michigan is collaborating with the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group  (http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov/index/php). The 15-member national group was formed by Congress to learn from the public how policymakers can change today’s health care system to make it work for everyone.

Town hall participants will include: Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance; Pat Maryland, president of St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services in central Indiana; and other leading national public health experts and advocates.

To the extent possible, factual questions not addressed during the meeting will be reviewed and answered online after the event.

The Web cast “What Is Your Health Worth?” kicks off two weeks of the nation’s online discussions (March 22 to April 5) about health care in America. The public is invited to bring issues, comments and recommendations to the online discussion forums or start their own citizen’s blog at www.citizenshealthcare.gov (under “Communicate”).

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