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Health symposium speakers set


   Mountain View Hospital's Community Health Improvement Partnership and the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free Health, Wellness, and Affordable Coverage Symposium on Wednesday, from 1 to 8:30 p.m., April 25, at the Jefferson County Fair Complex, Maccie Conroy building.
   The event coincides with "Cover the Uninsured Week 2007," during the week of April 23-29, which focuses on insurance coverage for America's children.
   The Health, Wellness, and Affordable Coverage Symposium is open to the community with information directed to farmers, small businesses, employers, and the uninsured.
   Spanish interpretation services are available throughout the entire event.
   Topics of afternoon panel presentations include:
   1:15-2:30: Health Insurance Options for Employers (including options specifically directed toward farmers and small businesses). Panelists: Don Myron, Don Klippenes, Mike McGowan, Jerry Flowers of Bright Wood, Jim Quaid with tribal health care.
   2:30: Video conference with Sen. Ben Westlund's office and Erinn Kelley-Siel, human services policy advisor to the governor's, assistant author with the governor of the Healthy Kids Bill.
   3:45-4:45: The Uninsured and the Rise of Health Care Costs. Panelists: Pat Hastings, Will Bean of Mountain View Hospital, Lynne Martin of Ochoco Health Systems, and Dr. David Evans with Madras Medical Group.
   5-6:15: A Local Resource and Initiative Panel which will look at local efforts to: improve health coverage; promote the importance of prevention; and introduce new initiatives at Mountain View Hospital District. Panelists: Beth Ann Beamer, Mike Bonetto, Danna Hastings, Mandi Puckett, Jay Henry and Michelle Walsh.
   7:30-8:15: A state advocacy panel will include presentations by Rep. John Dallum and Liz Baxter, director of the Archimedes Movement.
   There will be time for questions and answers following the state advocacy panel.
   In addition to the panel presentations, there will be information ranging from private health and employer health insurance options to methamphetamine prevention efforts in Jefferson County.
   David Blair a representative with Sen. Ron Wyden's office will also be present to inform the community about health reform at the federal level.
   This is a day-long event, attendees are invited to come and go as schedules allow. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event.
   For more detailed information regarding times of presentations, contact Jamasa Sattler at the Madras Community Action Team, 475-0301.