Health Care Talk Brings Former DNC Chair Howard Dean to UH

Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, comes to the University of Houston for a frank panel discussion on healthcare reform. It is the topic of his bestselling book, "Prescriptions for Real Healthcare Reform: How We Can Achieve Affordable Medical Care for Every American and Make Our Jobs Safer."


The event is planned for 3 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the Rockwell Pavilion in the M. D. Anderson Library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dean, a physician and former governor, maintains the need for a public option component of any healthcare proposal. His book also addresses what he says are myths being used to prevent passage of meaningful healthcare reform.

Following a panel discussion with UH researchers in various healthcare areas, Dean will take questions from the audience.

Panelists include:

  • Patricia Gray of the UH Law Center's Health Law and Policy Institute. She is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives and was instrumental in the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Plan that provides insurance for Texas children.
  • Joseph Kotarba, professor and chair of the department of sociology. His current research is a Centers for Disease Control funded study of health care disparities among professional athletes and musicians.
  • Elizabeth Rigby, assistant professor of political science. Her research focuses on health education and welfare policies impacting low-income families.

Dean also will sign copies of his book.

Before his UH stop, Dean will speak to area healthcare leaders at a luncheon sponsored by Health Access Texas. His visit is coordinated by the UH Honors College's Medicine and Society Program and the Department of Sociology and Health Access Texas.

For more information, contact Alison Romano, 713-743-3714 or

WHAT: Healthcare Reform Discussion

Featuring Howard Dean, governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee

WHEN:3-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20

WHERE: University of Houston Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library, 2nd floor

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