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Medicare Turns Fifty: Celebrating Our Past, Protecting Our Legacy, Fighting for Our Future

Fifty years ago the passage of Medicare marked the beginning of a movement for healthcare justice in the United States. Single-payer, which extends the benefits of Medicare to everyone, is the next step in that movement. This class will give a brief overview of the political and economic history of Medicare and then explore in depth how single-payer would build on its achievements and improve many of its deficiencies. Participants will also learn why, in order to expand the legacy of Medicare and fulfill the promise of single-payer, patient advocates and community activists will need to work to safeguard not only the financing but also the provision of care from corporate interests. Finally, the class will discuss how an improved Medicare for All will not only assure the health security of all Americans but also their economic security, and how, in this way, single-payer is a crucial piece of the broader social movement to guarantee the wellbeing of everyday people in the face of our nation’s increasing health disparities and socio-economic inequality.

Special Note: The CE class is from 9am until 4pm and is combined with a midday Medicare Anniversary Celebration at Heritage Green Park from 12 to 2pm. The CE class offers 4 contact hours (CEHs).

Chicago, IL
April 9, 2015

RN Patient Advocacy in a Globalized World: Resuscitating Public Health

Recent epidemic outbreaks of Ebola, Chikungunya, and Enterovirus D68 draw attention to how the decay of public health systems puts patients and nurses at risk in the United States and globally. This course examines the role of social and economic inequities in epidemics and infectious disease on a global scale and as part of our broader context typified by austerity measures and the privatization of healthcare. The spread of epidemics is not a random or merely biological occurrence. Instead, epidemics are historically and socially rooted events that spread most quickly in areas with a weakened or nonexistent public health system. The current global health governance structure, led by the World Bank, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and increasingly philanthropic donors and public-private partnerships, has augmented health inequalities. Against this backdrop, the course explores prioritization of profitable disease treatment and research and the predominance of pharmaceutical approaches to eliminating spread at the expense of public healthcare infrastructures that are better suited for containing and preventing disease. The class will culminate in a discussion of the importance of nurse leadership to rebuild a public health system based on social, economic, and ecological equity that is essential in fighting emerging infectious diseases.

Modesto, CA
April 9, 2015

April 13, 2015

Vallejo, CA
April 16, 2015

April 23, 2015

April 27, 2015

San Francisco, CA
April 29, 2015

Santa Rosa, CA
May 5, 2015

Arcadia/Monrovia, CA CLASS FULL
May 14, 2015

Palm Springs, CA    CLASS FULL
May 19, 2015 

May 21, 2015

Santa Monica, CA  CLASS FULL
May 29, 2015

Santa Monica, CA
May 29, 2015

Santa Cruz, CA
June 2, 2015

Oakland, CA
June 4, 2015

Roseville, CA
June 9, 2015

Sacramento, CA
June 12, 2015


Time to Care: RN Patient Advocacy in the Age of Healthcare Restructuring

National Tour

Health information technology has long been used by healthcare corporations to undermine the skill and professional judgment of registered nurses in an effort to shift the responsibility of direct patient care onto non-nurses or even automated systems. In addition to deskilling, HIT reshapes the healthcare industry and redefines what it means to be both a nurse and a patient. This class will connect the dots between the redefinition of patient care and the larger restructuring of the healthcare industry by focusing on the common role of HIT in both of these transformations. We will relate these changes in healthcare to broader social, economic, and political trends. For example, we will learn how the technological restructuring of nursing reflects a more general automation of work and how this relates to rising social and economic inequality. We will also consider the different meanings and functions of HIT in a healthcare system that focuses on patients rather than profits. The class will culminate in a discussion of how to resist technological restructuring at the bedside and beyond through a focus on systemic healthcare reform.

Las Vegas, NV
April 8, 2015

El Paso, TX
April 14, 2015

April 16, 2015

Hollywood, FL
April 29, 2015

Maine State Nurses Association Conf., Bar Harbor, ME
May 15 & 16, 2015

May 26, 2015

Silver Spring, MD
May 28, 2015

Chicago, IL
June 3, 2015

Chico, CA
June 9, 2015