Film Sparked Important Health Reform Conversation

Posting by: Frances G. Padilla, President

Both  screenings this week of the award-winning film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare were a resounding success.   Many thanks to all of you who came out on Monday in Hartford, and Wednesday night in New Haven for the screenings.

As the movie so aptly points out, our healthcare system requires major transformation. Central to this transformation is the need to stay focused on addressing the root causes of the problems rather than the symptoms.  That begins with improving the health of the people, all the people,  in our state. To realize a better system of health care and delivery that serves us more efficiently, CT must continue to find ways to work together.  That, of course, means we need to keep the conversation going.

A special thank you to our panel of experts for leading the audience in a thoughtful interactive and informative discussions following each show. Our panelists were:  Kathi Traugh from the Yale School of Public Health, Office of Community Health;  Dr. Douglas Olsen, a member of the National Health Service Corps  and medical director of three federally qualified health centers in Hartford County and an instructor at the UConn School of Medicineand Jill Zorn, senior program officer at the Foundation. Teresa Younger, executive director of the CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and Cornell Wright, president of The Parker Wright Group, both of whom are members of our board, moderated the conversation.

We plan to make the film available for more showings after Jan 1st. Please call the office for more details. Meanwhile,  you can share your reflections and comments on the film with us below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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