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Spring 2018 Seminars on Healthcare Policy: Lessons Learned from the Beltway

Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: NUR 1.112 (Multi-Purpose Room - MPR) | School of Nursing | 1710 Red River, Austin, TX
Parking: Parking for this event is available for a fee in Trinity Garage (TRG) at the corner of MLK and Trinity.

Date: Feb. 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
*Location: TBA

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
*Location: TBA

Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
*Location: TBA

These free seminars have limited enrollment; register soon to reserve your place.
Click here to sign up for one or all of the seminars.

Speaker: Mary K Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Mary Wakefield, visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow of the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professorship in Nursing and Dean's Distinguished Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will be hosting four 2 1/2-hour monthly seminars during the spring 2018 semester on Healthcare Policy: Lessons Learned from the Beltway.

President Barack Obama and Dr. Mary Wakefield

This is a unique opportunity to learn from a national leader in healthcare policy. Dr. Wakefield has extensive staff experience in the U.S. Congress, and in 2009, President Obama appointed her to lead the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides funding for primary heath care to 24 million U.S. citizens. In 2015, Dr. Wakefield was appointed acting deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Wakefield will present four seminars scheduled for Thursday evenings, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, during the spring semester. Each seminar will have assigned readings and a set of discussion questions. The seminars will begin with a 30-minute overview followed by two hours of guided class discussion. 

  • Seminar 1 - January 25, 2018: Orientation to the fundamental structures and processes of federal health policymaking, including various vested interests in healthcare policy debates.
  • Seminar 2 - February 15, 2018: The interface between health systems and health policy aimed at improving access to care for certain populations (i.e., rural, low-income) through telemedicine (virtual access to care) and expansion through the Affordable Care Act of the community health centers program and the National Health Service Corps. The impact of the health center and NHSC programs in Texas will be incorporated to illustrate local impact of federal policy decisions.
  • Seminar 3 - March 22, 2018: Health policies designed to impact selected populations and decrease healthcare costs, including the role of Medicaid in meeting the needs of underserved populations and the fiscal implications of the Medicaid program.
  • Seminar 4 - April 12, 2018: Global health priorities and health policy with emphasis on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Students may:

  1. Attend all of the seminars and receive a certificate of completion
  2. Attend one or more of the seminars without receiving a certificate

UT students may also register for the elective N395 Essentials of Healthcare Policy; however, academic credit option will require attendance at all seminars, weekly online discussion groups, and other class assignments. For more information about this course, contact Dr. Gayle Acton at

*Note: Seminars will be held at either the UT Austin School of Nursing or LBJ School of Public Affairs. Specific locations will be sent out to registrants prior to the first seminar.

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