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Fourth Street Forum – Affordable Care Act: Cure for U.S. Health Care?

Clarene Mitchell questioned panelists at the 4th Street Forum, originally aired on February 3, 2012. The topic was, Affordable Care Act: Cure for U.S. Health Care?

Clarene asked the panel how much they believed racism to be a leading factor in the early criticism of the Affordable Care Act.

The panelists included Bill Petasnick (CEO, Froedtert Health), Patricia McManus, PhD (President & CEO, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin), Susan Giaimo, PhD (Political Scientist, Marquette University) and Robert Kraig, PhD (Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin).


Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH is a Panelist at The Poverty of Health Care Forum

Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, was a panelist for 4th Street Forum’s The Poverty of Health Care episode that originally Fourth Street Forum - The Poverty of Health Careaired on March 2, 2012. The panelists provided their perspectives on:

  • Poverty and poor health go together.
  • We spend a lot of money to treat sick, poor people.
  • Is this the best way to tackle illness and poverty?
  • Should we instead spend more on prevention, on strategies to improve health?

Each panelist had the opportunity to respond from their own perspective. Dr. Willis specifically talked about the social determinants of health, how one’s health is influenced by more than access to health care and the quality of the care.

Other panelists included; Kelli Jones RN, MS, (Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Marquette University), David Reimer, JD (Senior Fellow, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute) and Kim Whitmore, MSN, RN (Assistant Professor of Nursing, Concordia University Wisconsin)

PHOTO: Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Director MCW Health Equity is shown with fellow panelists for 4th Street Forum.

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