12/23/2008

Share your opinions on healthcare with Obama

WVU hosts meetings in Morgantown and Bridgeport on Dec. 29

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Do you have thoughts on how to improve healthcare in America? Do you have a compelling story that helps to emphasize the need for national healthcare reform? Would you like the opportunity to share those thoughts with President-elect Barack Obama and his Transition Health Policy Team?

If so, the West Virginia University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is providing you with a way to do just that.

On Dec. 29, the Center will host two healthcare community discussions on key issues around healthcare and the best ways to promote the goal of quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

These meetings are the result of the Obama-Biden Transition Health Policy Team’s request to communities across the country to gather and submit ideas on how to better healthcare in America. They are among more than 4,200 meetings being held nationwide.

“The West Virginia University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health believes this is a wonderful opportunity for us to help shape reform of healthcare by leading and participating in these discussions,” said Betty Critch, executive director of the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. “The women of the state of West Virginia are taking the first step to healthier lifestyles. Now is the time to let our voices be heard. It is time for change. We know the first step is ours to take.”

Each discussion will last one hour and will be hosted by Mike Vernon, Ph.D., chair of the WVU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Barbara Ducatman, M.D., director of the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and Critch.

The first discussion will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the WVU Health Sciences Learning Center Room 1905. The other discussion will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Shops of Averill Place on South Virginia Avenue in Bridgeport.

For information about the meetings please call Critch at 304-376-9334.

For more information on the WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health see http://www.wvhealthywomen.org/index.asp.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
asj: 12-23-08

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