During our September meeting, Action Group members are invited to engage in a lively roundtable discussion of the highly regarded book An American Sickness. It is a New York Times bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2017, NPR Best Books of 2017, and Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2017.
About the book:
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for 22 years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News. She holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and has worked as an emergency department physician.
In An American Sickness, Dr. Rosenthal shares her insights regarding:
“An eye-opening discussion…[An] important book… Rosenthal told an interviewer her goal was to ‘start a very loud conversation’ that will be ‘difficult politically to ignore.’ We need such a conversation — not just about how the market fails, but about how we can change the political realities that stand in the way of fixing it.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Elisabeth Rosenthal’s meticulous history of the crisis in American health care should be required reading for our generation. I have not read another volume that diagnoses the ‘deeply, perhaps fatally, flawed’ system of health insurance and delivery with such lucidity, dissects its critical shortcomings, and provides such a clear prescription for its ills. Bold, imaginative, tautly written and filled with fury and compassion, this book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene
Interested in a quick preview from the author? Check out this nine-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Dybo3BomU (YouTube also has longer, in-depth interviews with Dr. Rosenthal.)
September 18, 2018
8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Book discussion
If you have a friend or colleague who is considering Action Group membership, please contact Sue Jesseman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a complimentary meeting pass!
*This is a book club discussion. The author will not be in attendance.*
Members may access this helpful guide for advancing mental health in the workplace by logging into the Member Center.
The Action Group’s Mental Health Learning Network members have been hard at work for more than a year, gaining insights and developing actions to help Minnesota employers advance mental health in the workplace. Sue Abderholden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Minnesota served as an expert advisor to the group. She shared this eye-opening perspective: The mental health system is not broken — it was never built! The system we have today reflects decades of discrimination, misunderstanding and misspending, coupled with lack of research, funding cuts, and failed efforts. With passage of the Mental Health Parity law and the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever before have mental health benefits coverage and are seeking treatment. In Minnesota, we lack sufficient providers and facilities. Indeed, the needs for both health care and community services outpace the current system capacity. The lack of urgent care options frequently results in hospital emergency departments being an entry point to the mental health care system. The list of things that are wrong is longer than the list of things that are right. Still, there is reason for optimism as employers, care systems, health plans, providers, medical groups, and other stakeholders begin collaborating to translate ideas to actions to help advance mental health in the workplace. On October 30, 2018, we will be bringing together all interested stakeholders to share perspectives, knowledge and ideas about this important topic affecting the U.S. economy, public and private purchasers, individuals with mental health conditions, and all taxpayers. You do not need to be a member of The Action Group or the Mental Health Learning Network to attend.
We will present the group’s findings and recommendations and ask a panel of industry experts to react. The goal of the meeting is to come to a collective understanding and agreement on how, together, we can fulfill the promise of achieving true mental health parity.
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Location: Science Museum of Minnesota (Special Exhibit: Mental Health: Mind Matters)
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, Minnesota
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Special thanks to Action Group members who helped make the Mental Health Learning Network Possible:
Best Buy; City of St. Paul; Emerson-Rosemount; HealthPartners/Park Nicollet; Minnesota Management & Budget – SEGIP & PEIP; SUPERVALU; University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Physicians
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Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Westin Edina Galleria
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