2012: Health Care Change?


September – December 2012

Local, national, and international speakers address foundational changes in the political and economic forces shaping personal, state, national and international health. What are the facts of the Affordable Care Act? How can we provide equitable care and access to preventive services in Rhode Island and throughout the country and the world? How can we combat obesity through education and advocacy? And how are such organizations as Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders fighting to address the medical needs of the world’s poor?

Jef Bratberg, Mary Cloud, Roger LeBrun, Shahla Yekta


  • Tracy Kidder - Discusses his book Mountains Beyond Mountains
    September 11, 2012
  • Mary Wakefield - The Affordable Care Act and The Future of U.S. Health Care
    September 18, 2012
  • Robert Tosatto - Discusses how health, politics, and money affects participation in public health initiatives and emergency preparedness
    September 25, 2012
  • Joia Mukherjee - Addresses Partners In Health's mission to deliver hope for the poorest of the poor
    October 2, 2012
  • Gregory Poland - Vaccines in the 21st Century: Innumeracy, Cognitive Biases, the Power of Story, and Other Survival Lessons
    October 7, 2012
  • Alumni Panel - Moderated by Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts
    October 16, 2012
  • Roberta Friedman - Creating Optimal Defaults to Prevent Obesity
    October 23, 2012
  • Jonathan Gruber - Discusses the political and economic impact of health care reform and the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act
    November 1, 2012
  • Stephanie Chafee - Healthy Children, Healthy State
    November 13, 2012
  • Paul Farmer - Haiti Since the Earthquake
    November 19, 2012
  • Michael Fine - Discusses Rhode Island's health care needs based on its changing demographics and the financial challenges associated with providing equitable health care
    November 27, 2012
  • “Damaged Care” - A musical comedy
    December 4, 2012
  • Unni Karunakara - Discusses the role of Doctors Without Borders in alleviating the gap in access to health care that affects people in low-and middle-income countries globally
    December 10, 2012

Sustaining Sponsors:
URI Office of the President; URI Office of the Provost; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership Sponsors:
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, URI College of Pharmacy, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Multicultural Center, URI Department of Communications and Marketing.

University Sponsors:
Cox Communications.

URI College of Business Administration, URI Department of Publications and Creative Services, URI College of Engineering, URI College of Nursing, URI College of Human Sciences and Services, URI Division of Administration and Finance, URI Division of Student Life, URI Department of Communications Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.