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Spotlight: What’s Next in Health Reform

Date Published:
Friday, February 3, 2012

UNC Charlotte is staking its claim to leadership in public health policy, when the School of Nursing holds the inaugural Distinguished Nursing Alumni Lectureship Conference on Thursday, Feb. 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Mayra Alvarez, director of public health policy, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, entitled "Health Care Reform: Implications for Health and Wellness." Topics on the agenda include the Affordable Care Act, the state of consumers’ health and its prospects for the future, and how to serve underserved and uninsured people.

Alvarez has primary oversight for implementation of public health, prevention and health care workforce policy in the Affordable Care Act. Previously, she served as a legislative assistant for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Alvarez completed a master’s degree from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Other featured speakers at the conference will be Brenda Cleary, former director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America; Marcella McKay, vice president for nursing and professional affairs for the Mississippi Hospital Association and president/CEO of MHA Health, Research and Educational Foundation; and Peggy Wilmoth, UNC Charlotte professor of nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.

More information on this conference, cosponsored by the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing Alumni Chapter, CMC-University and the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, is available online.