The Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) is best known for the ways it has expanded access to health insurance throughout the U.S., and for the firm opposition it has met from political opponents. But even as its funding and protections have come under attack, the ACA has brought important and lasting changes that have flown under the radar. These changes in how we pay for health are creating new opportunities for Public Health professionals and clinical practitioners to work side by side. Community health centers are adding wellness programs, hospitals are funding nonprofit organizations, and providers are engaging in advocacy all in the name of value over volume. In this seminar, we will discuss the state of health insurance in the United States, the limits of what traditional models of U.S. health care can do for the wellbeing of communities, and how some of the lesser known components of the ACA are shifting the focus of our $3 trillion healthcare system from more “care” to more “health”.
Speaker Biography - John Billimek, PhD
John Billimek, PhD
Assistant Professor In-Residence, Health Policy Research Institute (HPRI) School of Medicine, Director for Community Engagement & Administration, Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) School of Medicine
John Billimek, PhD is a psychologist and health services researcher at the UC Irvine Health Policy Research Institute and the Director for Community Engagement for the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) in the UC Irvine School of Medicine. His research examines why deep racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease outcomes persist even when processes of care and access to care appear to be improving, and centers on helping patients from underserved populations communicate more effectively with their doctors to improve the quality of health care they receive.
Seminars are FREE and open to the public. If you can not attend, Videotapes of Public Health seminars are archived through the UC Irvine OpenCourseWare program - please visit OpenCourseWare: http://ocw.uci.edu.