Saint Louis University

ST. LOUIS -- Three health economics experts will discuss the impact of expanding Medicaid during a Jan. 25 forum that is part of a Saint Louis University public health speaker series designed to improve community health. The program, which includes breakfast, is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Sinquefield Stateroom in DuBourg Hall, 221 N. Grand Blvd.

The Sharing Responsibility, Improving Community Health Speaker Series is free and open to students, staff, faculty at SLU and other universities, members of the community, organizations and policy makers. Supported by the SLU President's Research Fund, the sessions examine how to attack health inequities in St. Louis and share ideas to make the community healthier.

The speakers and their topics are:

  • Sidney Watson, J.D., professor of law at SLU, will explore the legal implications of the Affordable Care Act as she discusses the relationship between the expansion of Medicaid to health care exchanges.
  • Amy Blouin, founder and executive director of the Missouri Budget Project and a SLU social work alum, will talk about ways to deal with the costs of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
  • Kevin Stamps, executive director of the Missouri Medicaid Coalition, will look at advocating for the expansion of Medicaid.

The speaker series is dedicated to the memory of Terry Leet, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and professor at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, who died in 2009.

Register for the talk at http://formsmarts.com/form/142y.

The speaker series is sponsored by SLU schools of public health, medicine and law and the criminology and criminal justice program.