March 3 Social Summit to Explore Health Care Issues

The S.J. Quinney College of Law-sponsored social summit titled “Health Reform Proposals on the Local and National Front” will feature Greg Poulsen, Senior Vice President of Intermountain Healthcare, to address this timely topic at the Alta Club on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

As the executive member of Utah’s largest healthcare provider, Poulsen will discuss the proposals presented in the $59 billion healthcare agenda of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the effect that legislation might have on efforts to create an affordable and accessible health system for all citizens. Poulsen will also examine local issues such as Utah’s roughly 300,000 uninsured, the lack of preventive care, and the newly established Health System Reform Task Force.

The United Health Foundation ranked Utah the fifth healthiest state in the nation in 2008. Also, Intermountain Healthcare is well regarded for its highly successful network of physicians, hospitals, and services. Consequently, Poulsen will explore the question of, “Why are more and more national health reform leaders looking at Utah, and what will it mean for national health policy?”

Greg Poulsen joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1982. He is a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Fund in Washington DC, assisting in defining a high performance health system for the United States. He has been a consultant to the Swedish Health Minister and the British National Health Service. Locally, he is Chair of the Utah Foundation and Vice Chair of the Utah Health Data Committee.

The Social Summit is an annual series of lectures and discussions about current high profile topics that have relevance both locally and nationally, and is sponsored by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

The Alta Club is located at 100 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. There will be a $20 entry charge, which includes hearty hors d’oeuvres. Free parking is available in the lot east of the Elks Building.

RSVPs are requested: Contact Elizabeth Seeley at 801.585.3440 or

Offered for 1.5 free CLE credits (approval pending).

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