Aug 27 2009

The Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College will convene a community forum and study group on health care reform, to be held at the Blount County Library on Tues., Sept. 1 from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

No elected officials have been invited to speak, and the program is designed to be a time of non-partisan study for those who may have been confused and seek better understanding of the current health care debates. “Very different from the summer town hall campaigns and debates around the country, we have decided to take a more academic and learning-oriented approach, opening the door for people to better educate themselves on the issues,” said Billy Newton, director of the Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College.

Dr. Carole Myers, who teaches courses in health care policy to graduate students at UT, will review basic principles and various reform elements being discussed and debated. Tony Garr, executive director of Tennessee Health Care Campaign, will give an update on the current status and variety of legislative bills that Congress is facing. Members of the League of Women Voters will facilitate a time for participants to submit questions to the speakers. There will also be an opportunity to pick up resources and network with others for further study.

According to Newton, the program is not a rally or campaign for any particular health care bill, and it has been planned for the purpose of study. Autumn Hall, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Blount County, sums up the program. “So much of what’s in the news about health care reform is confusing. We hope the forum will give information to make the needs and issues clearer,” she said.

For more information, please contact Newton at 865.273.8894 or

Thanks for the post, Nina.

Thanks for the post, Nina. This sounds like a great program. I hope I am able to attend.

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