Health Reform in Utah – Where are we headed and are we on the right road?

Date:  Sunday, January 27, 2008
Speakers:  Judi Hilman and Elizabeth Garbe

Judi Hilman is the Executive Director of the Utah Health Policy Project. She has an MA from Cornell. Before coming to Utah in ’99 she directed development efforts at a community rehabilitation agency serving people with disabilities. More recently Judi served as Health Policy Director at Utah Issues, Center for Poverty Research and Action. Her work covers a broad range of policy issues impacting the uninsured, low-income medically underserved, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities.

Elizabeth Garbe is the Coverage Initiatives Director at the Utah Health Policy Project. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. Elizabeth spent six years working at a variety of non-profits serving Wyoming youth. She worked as the Policy Analyst at the Colorado Community Health Network, Colorado’s primary care association and recently moved to Salt Lake to join the Utah Health Policy Project team.

A record number of Utahns are without health coverage. National estimates rank Utah as having a higher than average rate of uninsured residents, 17.4% or 442,000 residents, despite having much higher than average median annual income ($55,179). About the same number are under-insured. Utah is also leading the nation in small businesses dropping health insurance for their employees. From 2000 to 2004, health premiums for Utahns increased 66%, but wages only increased 13%. If nothing is done, health premium costs will surpass household income within 20 years.

This year Utah’s legislature will begin to discuss how Utah should reform its broken health system. Come listen to and discuss what is currently being proposed, an analysis of the proposal and how you can become involved in the conversation.

Suggested Websites:
Utah Health Policy Project—www.healthpolicyproject.org
Community Catalyst—www.communitycatalyst.org
Families USA—www.familiesusa.org   ●   Kaiser Family Foundation—www.kff.org
Alliance for Health Reform—www.allhealth.org/index.asp

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“Forgotten Victims of Domestic Violence: Male and Same-Sex Victims”

Date:  Sunday, January 13, 2008
Speaker:  Tracy Hernandez

Tracy Hernandez is the Operations and Community Outreach Director for CAPSA (Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency) in Logan. CAPSA is the fifth largest domestic violence shelter in Utah, and serves the communities of Northern Utah and southern Idaho. Tracy has worked with victims of domestic violence and rape for over two years at CAPSA, and oversees all CAPSA’s efforts to increase awareness about domestic violence in Utah. She has undergraduate degrees Political Science and Journalism from Utah State University, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Utah.

This presentation will focus on the “forgotten victims” of domestic violence. In recent years, CAPSA has seen a rise in the number of male victims, and victims in same-sex relationships that come to our shelter and our organization seeking services for domestic violence and rape. All victims of domestic violence face barriers that deter or prevent them from seeking help—this discussion will include information about those barriers, and the additional barriers that male victims and those in same-sex relationships face when seeking help. The discussion will also focus on solutions—how each person can help prevent domestic violence in his/her community, neighborhood, and family, as well as for these forgotten victims.

Suggested Reading and Resources:
Websites –

CAPSA : www.capsa.org
Utah Domestic Violence Council: www.udvc.org and www.nomoresecrets.utah.gov/DVReports/2007DVReport.pdf
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Report on LGBT Domestic Violence: www.ncavp.org/common/document_files/Reports/2006NationalDVReport(Final).pdf
Battered Men: www.batteredmen.com