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The Future of Health Care Is Unfolding—and Nursing and Public Health Are Leading the Way

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Evidence indicates that while health-care spending in the United States is the highest in the world, people in the United States experience the worst health outcomes of any high-income nation overall. Americans are more likely to die younger, and from avoidable causes, than residents of peer countries. The U.S health-care system is characterized by fragmented organization and financing, inadequate access to care, rising health-care costs and inefficient use of resources, high utilization of medical technology, inconsistent quality and pervasive inequity, and limited public health infrastructure. The overall emphasis is on providing care during illness rather than developing and maintaining health. 

Nursing and public health are working to change this by educating a workforce dedicated to developing and supporting health for individuals, families, communities, and populations, by concentrating on physical, mental, and spiritual health and the environments where people live, work and play.

And don't miss our post-program reception.

MLF Organizer
Robert Lee Kilpatrick

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This program is generously supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Support provided by USF School of Nursing and Health Professions.

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Tue, May 28 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Eileen K. Fry-Bowers

Ph.D., JD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, Dean and Professor, University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Dr. Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Dean for Health Professions and Associate Professor, University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Dr. Megan O’Banion

Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean, University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Robert Lee Kilpatrick

Ph.D., Chair, Health & Medicine Member-Led Forum, and Member, Board of Governors, Commonwealth Club World Affairs—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30–8 p.m. reception
(all times Pacific Time)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers