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Health Care Literacy Workshop

Health Care Literacy Workshop

The Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association held two Health Care Literacy 101 sessions focused on the evolving health care landscape in the U.S. and its impact on graduate students.

Watch the Health Care Literacy 101 Workshop (recorded on January 25, 2016)

Each 90-minute workshop included presentations by health care executives and University administrators; a general question-and-answer session with the presenters; and a reception where presenters answered questions from graduate students that were more specific in nature.  

“I am pleased that the Graduate School was able to partner with the Graduate and Professional Student Association to offer this workshop,” said Michael F. Verderame, senior associate dean of the Graduate School, who co-moderated the workshops with Alison M. Franklin, GPSA health insurance liaison. “Health insurance continues to be a very complex benefit, and we want to be sure that all graduate students understand how to best use this important service.”

The presenters and their topics were:

  • Introduction to Health Insurance and the U.S. Health Care System
    David J. Duncan, Ph.D., President and CEO, UPMC Altoona Regional Health Services
  • How Health Insurance Works: A Case Study Comparison of Health Insurance Plans
    Karen Kline, Director, Student Health Insurance, Penn State 
  • Services Provided by University Health Services: A Brief Overview
    Robin E. Oliver-Veronesi, M.D., Senior Director, University Health Services, Penn State

“The intent of the health care literacy workshop was to, first, provide necessary background information on U.S. health care and insurance, since it is a very complicated subject and not always easily understood,” said Franklin, a soil science and biogeochemistry doctoral student. “Second, the workshop was designed to provide students an opportunity to ask questions. People almost always have health care and insurance questions but don’t always know whom to turn to. We, the GPSA, saw this workshop as a first step in providing health care-related information to graduate students and will work diligently to provide additional workshops, especially since this first one was so well-received.”

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