The Health Care Heroes Dinner is an annual MICHUHCAN tradition. Every June, MICHUHCAN’s members and friends come together to celebrate the contributions of some of Michigan’s most dedicated health advocates, reflect on the previous year and lay out the agenda for upcoming campaigns, and raise money to sustain operations.
The Dinner is an excellent chance to learn about current health care issues in Michigan, meet other people who are interested in improving Michigan’s health, and to support an organization that works hard to make sure that health care is affordable, accessible, and high quality to all Michiganders.
The keynote speaker this year is Peter Hammer, who has become a leading voice on the economic and social issues impacting the city of Detroit.
Peter’s keynote is titled – “Health for All: The Ongoing Struggle for Access and Justice in American Health Care“
At a time when we should be moving forward with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and with more creative policies to fight chronic illnesses and address the social and economic determinants of health, the struggle for health care in America continues with attacks in the state house and the court house. We need to re-focus attention on the range of policies and actions that could achieve the aspiration of Health for All.”
Peter Hammer has been a professor at Wayne State University Law School since 2003, is the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, and the new Detroit Equity Action Lab. He has expertise in the fields of domestic health law and policy, as well as international public health and economic development. He is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as lead editor for Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Michigan. He sits on the Population Health Council of the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Housing Project Partnership of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
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