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Access to Healthcare-Unlocking Doors in St. Louis: A Community Conversation

Friday, March 15, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

St Louis, MO

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As the policy debate rages, some of us are struggling to gain access to health care here in St. Louis: immigrants, persons with mental illness, and the uninsured or underinsured. At the same time, agencies and practitioners face serious financial, legal and policy obstacles.

You are invited to this timely and practical forum to address the challenge: how can a region with extraordinary health care provide greater access to our community? Plenary and workshop sessions will include opportunities for significant dialogue and collaboration among participants.

Practitioners, providers, policy makers, caseworkers, advocates, funders, and students are all welcome to attend! Lunch will be provided.Parking will be available in the Laclede Garage.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Katherine Mathews, Director of Clinical Services, Casa de Salud 


Break-out Sessions (there will be an opportunity to attend two of these sessions during the day):

  • Mapping the Obstacle Course: Barriers to Access for Immigrants and Refugees In  this  session, attendees will review real case histories and participate in a facilitated discussion that explores and uncovers barriers to access particular to immigrant and refugees. Facilitators will include Jorge Riopedre, Executive Director of Casa de Salud; Elna Nagasako, Instructor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine; and Dr. Katherine Mathews, a physician who has devoted her career to improving access to quality care for minority and underserved populations.
  • Policy Hot Topics and Advocacy Issues Pat Dougherty, Senior Director of Advocacy at Catholic Charities and former state legislator, Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project, and Brian Colby, Director of Policy and Outreach at the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance will discuss the latest health policy issues before the Missouri House and Senate. This session will also provide an opportunity to network with other colleagues on significant issues facing the legislature during the final 2 months of the session.
  • Strategies for Inceasing Access to Behavioral Health Care This session will focus on 3 distinct service models that could have a major impact on facilitating access to behavioral health services if they were employed more broadly thoughout the health system: the integration of behavioral health capacity in the primary care setting; outreach and engagement strategies; and the use of evidence-based services and movement to natural supports. The panelists for this session are Dr. Ron Margolis, Professor and CEO of St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute; Mr. Leon Farrar, MSW, LCSW; and Dr. Virginia Selleck, Chief Clinical Office of Places for People. Panelist moderator will be Joe Yancey, Executive Director of Places for People.    
  • The Exchange and Navigator Program in the Affordable Care Act On January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect, and individuals and families who don’t have employment-sponsored insurance, as well as small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance on new Health Insurance Exchanges.  Missouri will have a Federally-operated Exchange.  Participants who attend this session will learn more about plans for the Federal Exchange,  how it will work, and how consumers will be able to use tax credits to help subsidize costs. They will also hear about the Navigators, a new workforce of helpers required under the law to assist consumers in purchasing the best insurance for themselves and their families.
  • The Public Health Response to the Opiate Epidemic This session will focus on the recent opiate epidemic that has plagued the Greater St. Louis region the past several years. Included will be a look at the genesis of what led up to this epidemic; the correlation between prescription painkillers and the use of heroin;  demographic information pertaining to who’s using opiates and where; and what the response has been to this public health issue in the past two years. There will also be some discussion concerning the current approaches to resolving this issue as it pertains to both treatment and prevention programming opportunities available with the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act next year. Dan Duncan, Director of Community Services at NCADA-STL, will be facilitating this session.  
There will also be a session on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri.

Day's Agenda

8:30   Registration  

9:00   Welcome 

9:15   Opening Plenary with Dr. Katherine Mathews

10:15  Break-out Session I

11:45  Lunch (provided)

12:45  Break-out Session II (repeat sessions)

2:15   Closing Plenary on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

2:45   Call to Action


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