PSU’s Sidore Lecture Series Addresses National Health Care Reform

April 12th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-One of our nation’s most perplexing and critical questions is how to improve the health care system. Do you think universal healthcare is the answer? On Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., in the Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University’s Sidore Lecture Series presents health and social activist Ann Malone with her presentation, “Putting People’s Needs before Corporate Profits.”

Ann Malone
Health care activist Ann Malone will speak at PSU’s Sidore Lecture Series April 30

Series organizer Mark Fischler, PSU criminal justice professor, said Malone’s talk touches on issues that affect every citizen.

“Ann is extremely passionate about the issue of healthcare,” Fischler said. “Her position of demanding universal healthcare for all is borne from her experiences in the system and seeing the tragedies when it’s not provided. Ann promises to make us think deeply about what we value as citizens and in the process demand our activism on the issue of healthcare for all.”

Malone said her motivation to change the health care system stems from health problems in her own family, including epilepsy and schizophrenia.

The care delivery she witnessed was “fragmented and short on compassion,” Malone said. “My sister’s schizophrenia diagnosis was something the whole family needed to understand and cope with, but many health care providers viewed the family as either an afterthought or an obstacle. Bureaucracy seemed to dictate her care more than her clinical needs.”

Ann Malone is a registered nurse with a Master of Science in nursing degree in oncology, HIV-AIDS with a concentration in health policy. Her experience includes health and social justice activism, community health nursing and clinical education. She is active with a number of state, regional and national health care reform organizations and is Director of the Alliance to Defend Health Care, a Boston-based group that unites multi-disciplinary health professionals with the public to engage in health reform advocacy.

The Sidore Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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