Tag Archives: health care

Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care

CSS alumnus Jonathan Bush ’93 has seen the health care industry from all angles, first as an EMT and Army medic, then as a consultant, and now as one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in the industry. He believes that the health care field is broken, and he is using his Wesleyan education to fix it.

During this lunch, Jonathan will talk about his post-Wes journey and his current work as the co-founder, CEO, and President of athenahealth. Staff from athenahealth (including Derek Lukin ’13) will also be on site to talk about job and internship opportunities for Wesleyan students. Pizza will be served.

Register and read more about Jonathan here.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue

Talking Healthcare with Chris Murphy – Saturday at 11:30 AM

meet-chris-murphy-the-freshman-senator-on-a-personal-crusade-against-the-nraThis just in from Ben Florsheim ’14, whose stylish new haircut is matched only by his stylish new jacket:

Join WesDems, Wesleyan Young Advocates, and the Community Health Center for a conversation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy about the Affordable Care Act, getting covered, and other topics. Bring your questions about healthcare and Chris’s other work in the Senate. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

Chris Murphy was elected to represent Connecticut in the United States Senate in 2012 after serving three terms in Congress. He is a leading voice for progressive causes and is currently the youngest senator.

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge (ESC184)

U.S. Health Care Reform: Images and Realities of Costs, Quality, and Access


From the Center for the Study of Public Life, Jennifer Enxuto has an announcement:

Free and open to the public.

Three of the country’s leading specialists in health policy, economics and health communication will address the implementation and effects of the Affordable Care Act, and consider how political messaging by both proponents and opponents of the ACA is helping shape public opinion and frame the terms of the debate.

John Dankosky, News Director of WNPR and radio host of “Where We Live” (CT Public Broadcasting Network) will moderate a question/answer discussion with the panelists and audience following the presentations.

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema
Cost: Free!

Read about the panelists after the jump!

How About that Affordable Care Act?

Coming from Charlie Smith ’15:

Come discuss the ins and outs of the ACA with Wes Students for a Free

We will discuss alternatives to the ACA, how it came to be, what it
does, and ultimately the merit of program.

Hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Time: 6:30-7:40 PM
Place: Usdan 114

Wes Free Society Discussion on Healthcare

Charlie Smith ’15
wants to talk about drugs and money:

Healthcare is subject to among the most government intervention of any industry in the United States and yet the results seem to be anything but ideal. Is the solution further intervention or can the free market keep costs low and quality high as it does in most other sectors of the economy?

This week we will discuss everything that is healthcare policy from FDA regulation to medical licensure to health insurance. Hope to see you there.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Cost: Free (unlike healthcare)

Bioethics at the Pediatric Bedside: A Conversation with Dr. Dan Rauch ’87

From the Career Center:

Join us for a presentation and discussion led by pediatrician Dan Rauch ’87, Associate Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Associate Director of Pediatrics at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, NY.

Dr. Rauch’s talk is part of the “Conversations about Medicine and Health Care” series that is open to all students on campus. Students considering the health professions are especially encouraged to attend. Dr. Rauch’s presentation will encourage you to think about some of the important and challenging ethical issues that clinicians face as part of their practice.

Feel free to bring your dinner. Fruit and cookies will be available for dessert.

Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Usdan 110
Facebook Event: Click attend.

There’s a Riot Goin’ On . . .

. . . in Usdan, specifically, on Wednesday, in favor of a sliding scale payment system for health care for Wesleyan staff. More details from the Facebook event:

Come show support and hear about the situation of the workers on our campus! Wear Wesleyan colors. Join USLAC (United Student Labor Action Coalition) in asking the administration to listen to the concerns of the workers and institute a sliding scale payment system for Health Care, because:

  • Health care costs for Wesleyan staff are sky-rocketing.
  • Wesleyan does not have a sliding scale for employees to pay for health Insurance. Thus, President Roth and the lowest paid administrative assistant pay the same in dollar amount (not percentage of salary) for health insurance.
  • The monthly premium for the family HMO package is $193.38 this year, but will rise to $501.60 in 2011.
  • Many cannot afford to pay these new prices, and will be forced to go without health insurance or turn to the taxpayer financed Husky Plan.
  • Staff must choose a health care plan by November 24th.
  • This could leave staff without health insurance for more than a year.

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Date: March 12-13
Time: Doors open at 8:00am
Place: Aenta Building, Industrial Park Road, Middletown
Cost: FREE

Wes Art Studio grad, posterchild for health reform

Hey here is some fun news – young adults aged 19 to 24 form the largest group of Americans without health insurance. Some of those people went to Wesleyan!

The New York Times used Josh Pavlacky ’08 , co-founder of the Appendix art/project space in Portland, as a cautionary tale of such a young person who graduated college hoping that youth would keep them healthy, only to learn otherwise the hard way:

As a graduate of a top liberal arts college, Wesleyan University, with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, [Pavlacky] expected to find nonprofit work. Instead he is working as a dishwasher and running an art gallery out of his garage in Portland, Ore.While in college, he was covered by the policy of his father, who works security at Costco. But now, he says, that coverage has ended and his family cannot afford to help him buy something else.

So when Mr. Pavlacky got hit by a car while biking in May, he decided that a hospital visit was out of the question. Instead of seeking treatment, he had friends bring him prescription painkillers they had left over from procedures like having their wisdom teeth removed.

“I was flipped over and fell on my back,” he said. “I had a bruise all down my leg and couldn’t walk for three days.”

Mr. Pavlacky says he supports the president’s health care overhaul, and wishes Mr. Obama had pushed a public plan forward himself instead of turning the negotiations over to Congress and “bringing everybody into the tent.”

Ouch. Maybe America could use universal health care or something?

NY Times: Young Adults Swelling Ranks of Uninsured