For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2006

Wright State University Medical Students
Host Activities for National Cover the Uninsured Week

DAYTON, OHIO-May 1-7 is Cover the Uninsured Week, a mobilization to address the issue of the uninsured, both nationally and locally. Wright State medical students, along with the American Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association, and Reach Out of Montgomery County, are hosting a week of events as part of National Cover the Uninsured Week campaign. All events are free, open to the public, and held on the Wright State University campus.

Government figures show that almost 46 million Americans are now without health insurance, including more than 8 million children. In Ohio 1,282,000 are uninsured. The fact that too many Americans are living without health insurance and often going without needed care is the spotlight of the planned activities including:

Tuesday, May 2nd, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Frederick White Health Center, Rm 171
Ohio's Public Policy Regarding Healthcare
featuring Senator Steve Austria

What is the current status of Ohio's efforts for covering the uninsured and how does our healthcare system compare to that of other states? Please join us to hear about current legislation pushing for healthcare coverage for all. Lunch will be provided.


Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Frederick White Health Center, Rm 171
Advocacy: A Student's Role in Community Change

An examination of community resources aimed at empowering you, the student, to meet the needs of the vulnerable uninsured population. Please join us as Sheila and Robert Conard of Single Payer Action Network (SPAN), inform us of SPAN's efforts in pursuing a national health care plan and the passage of the Health Care for All Ohioans Act. Also, hear Dr. Wilbur Brooks' personal perspectives of working with the uninsured in the Dayton community through the Drew and Vogel Health Centers, outpatient centers for the medically underserved. Lunch will be provided.


Thursday, May 4th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Frederick White Health Center, Rm 171
Covering Everyone: The Challenges of the Uninsured

A presentation featuring a nationally-recognized physician dedicated to helping the uninsured population of Dayton. Come hear Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, one of only four national winners of the 2006 Pride in the Profession Award granted by the American Medical Association, speak of his personal experiences working with the uninsured. Also, hear from Philip Morones, Director of Salud Community Clinic and Sharon Sherlock, Executive Director of Reach Out of Montgomery County, about our community's contributions to the cause. Lunch will be provided.


Friday, May 5th, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Behind Student Union
Cover Everyone: Awareness and Change

We will culminate National Cover the Uninsured Week at Wright State's annual school-wide May Daze event. We will focus on spreading awareness of the issues the uninsured encounter as well as the changes our generation will face with the ever-growing problems faced by our current health care system. Grab some lunch from our booth, compete in our Texas Hold 'Em tournament to win the grand prize, and find out what you can do to help. Bracelets declaring a dedication to covering the uninsured will also be for sale. All proceeds will go towards local families struggling with this issue.

For more information about the events please contact: Laura Hamilton Hamilton.80@wright.edu, 305-772-3575 or Luke Rothermel Rothermel.2@wright.edu, 614-206-0223, or Judi Engle, Director for Public Relations, Wright State University School of Medicine, (937) 775-2951.