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Publish Date: 09/08/09
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On-Campus Policy Forum Addresses Health Care Quality, Cost

CINCINNATI—One of the hottest issues being debated in Washington and across the country is health care reform.

On Wednesday, the discussion will make its way to Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati campus for an Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)-sponsored Health Policy Forum. The event will take place from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Kingsgate Hotel Conference Area, 151 Goodman Drive.

Cincinnati AF4Q involves health care stakeholders in the Tristate who are striving to make significant impacts in improving the quality of health care in the region. Craig Brammer, a senior research associate in the department of public health sciences, is director of Cincinnati AF4Q.

AF4Q is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation devoted to improving the health of Americans. The Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati administers AF4Q initiatives locally.

On Wednesday, a panel of local providers and other health care experts will share their opinions on improving health care quality and lowering costs that are critical for reform efforts at the local, state and national levels.


The forum, titled “Exceeding Expectations: Striving for Health Care Improvement Through Regional Collaboration,”  will feature key representatives from all corners of the Tristate area who are leading the way in building a high-performing health care system.


Topics that will be discussed include payment reform, health care disparities, patient care improvement and more.


Featured speakers include:


·         Ted Strickland, governor of Ohio (delivering taped remarks)

·         Thomas Finn, president, global health care, Procter & Gamble

·         Mary Jo Hudson, director, Ohio Department of Insurance

·         Pamela Dickson, assistant vice president, health care group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


“The key to A4FQ is that we have everyone at the table—physicians, nurses, health plan representatives, employers and consumers,” says Brammer. “It takes everyone in a community to get involved, because while health care quality is a national problem, health care is delivered locally. I encourage everyone to attend, learn about the inspiring changes happening and hear about the future direction of our work.”

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