Seminar Addresses Issues, Future of Health Care

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: March 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

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By Victoria Duong and Sudha Kamath

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More than 150 people, including students and health care professionals, attended the seminar on “Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Readiness, Change and Innovation,” presented by the College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Health Administration and Policy and George Mason’s AcademyHealth Student Chapter in partnership with National Capital Healthcare Executives. Photo courtesy of HAP

From emergency response to social media, a full-day educational and networking seminar at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus addressed critical issues in health care.

More than 150 people, including students and health care professionals, attended the seminar on “Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Readiness, Change and Innovation,” presented by the College of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Health Administration and Policy (HAP) and George Mason’s AcademyHealth Student Chapter in partnership with National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE).

Representatives from major hospital systems, federal agencies, emergency management teams and health care organizations in the Washington, D.C., area participated in four panel discussions of current issues shaping the future of the U.S. health care industry.

Keynote speaker Len Nichols, director of Mason’s Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and professor of health policy, addressed the Affordable Health Care Act in “Health Reform Is a Journey: Where Are We Now?”

“Failure is not an option,” says Nichols. “We must realign incentives to make our health system affordable and sustainable, regardless of the details of the [Affordable Care Act] and its implementation flaws.”

The seminar was initiated and organized by leaders of Mason’s AcademyHealth Student Chapter, and NCHE’s programs committee. “We were compelled to organize an event that gave students and faculty an opportunity to network with health care executives in the field and expand their knowledge base,” says Mason student Victoria Duong, president of the university’s AcademyHealth Student Chapter.

Other key members of the team included Anton Arbatov, NCHE programs director; Kathleen Sullivan, NCHE Mason student representative; and Leah Lee and Kyle Lemons, Mason’s AcademyHealth Student Chapter board members.

Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society for HAP sponsored two scholarships to attend the event. The recipients were graduate student Karyn Onyeneho and alumna Martorri Andrews.

Mason’s AcademyHealth student chapter won the national 2013 AcademyHealth Student Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter is open to all students interested in health care and health services research. For more information, contact acadhlth@gmu.edu.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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