Expert Panel Explores Consumer Health Literacy

A full house in the Lenfest Auditorium on Tuesday listened to a panel of experts discuss the significant changes occurring in health care delivery, costs and payment systems. The Business and Economics Department presented the event, “Our Options Have Changed: Consumer Health Literacy in a Changing Environment” in an effort to better educate consumers about the changing landscape.

The program addressed challenges arising from the effects of innovation on quality and cost in a changing health care environment, with the goal of enabling consumers to make informed choices as the health care market becomes increasingly market-driven. Health care leaders from the Philadelphia area discussed these issues, including Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., FACS, CEO of Temple University Health System and Dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, who offered the keynote address.

Other panelists were: Steven Altschuler, M.D., CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Kevin Flynn, Founder and President of HealthCare Advocates; Ursinus trustee Robert Sing, D.O., a critical care surgeon specializing in sports medicine, acute care, and emergency medicine; and Karl Stark, Health and Science Editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ursinus College president Dr. Bobby Fong introduced the event, and Rebecca Jaroff, associate professor of English, moderated the panel discussion. Carol Cirka, associate professor and chair of the Business and Economics department, organized the event.

Panelists

From left, Karl Stark, Kevin Flynn, Bobby Fong, Larry Kaiser, Rebecca Jaroff, Steven Altschuler, Carol Cirka and Robert Sing.

President Fong

Bobby Fong, Ursinus president, introduces the keynote speaker.

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser, CEO of Temple University Health System and Dean of the Temple University School of Medicine, gives the keynote address

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser

Panelists

Panelists (from left) Karl Stark, Robert Sing, Kevin Flynn, Steven Altschuler and Larry Kaiser, with moderator Rebecca Jaroff.

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