I'm giving the following talk as part of National AHEC Week (see below)
The Case for Single-Payer, Universal Health Care in the United States
Jason W. Wilson, MSIV
National AHEC Week 2008 (March 24th-28th)
USF AHEC luncheon Tuesday, March 25
Noon - 1:00pm / MDC 1097
Open Invitation to All USF Health
To mark the start of National AHEC week on Tuesday, March 25 USF’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program will host a luncheon & presentation entitled "The Case for a Single-Payer Universal Health Care in the United States". The thought provoking presentation will be delivered by medical student Jason Wilson, President of the Class of 2008.
"In order to resolve health disparities, we must focus on possible systematic and structural origins of outcome differences," states Wilson, a fourth year medical student. "A major area where we see large disparities between populations and individuals in this country is in access to health care services. Unfortunately, access is often limited due to lack of health insurance or inadequate coverage. Equal access won’t solve all of our health care problems, but certainly we can address many AHEC goals by working towards better policy and economic structure."
College of Medicine’s Class of 2008 President, Jason Wilson, and Cynthia Selleck, Program Director of USF AHEC and President of National AHEC Organization.
USF’s AHEC Program Director is also the President of the National AHEC Organization. Cynthia Selleck, DSN, ARNP, says AHECs plays an important role in the workforce development, training and education component of the nation’s health care safety net programs. "AHECs focus on improving the quality, geographic distribution and diversity of the primary care healthcare workforce and eliminating the disparities in our nation’s healthcare system." There are 54 AHEC programs throughout 47 states operating 208 centers in rural and medically underserved areas.
The March 24th luncheon on the campus of USF Health is open to all, with food provided by Gulfcoast North AHEC.
A Closer Look at USF AHEC and the national organization…
The University of South Florida AHEC was created in 1993 and has placed thousands of medical, nursing, public health and other health professions students in medically underserved and community-based sites to provide health care during clinical training rotations.
Congress established National AHEC Week in 2006 as an opportunity to recognize AHEC’s valuable contributions in the recruitment, retention, education and training of health professionals in medically underserved areas.