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Nicolet College - Forum on providing health care to the uninsured Monday at Nicolet


Public forum on health care for the
uninsured March 16 at Nicolet College

Area residents are invited to join a public forum with local and state health care professionals to address the issue of how to provide health care to the uninsured. The forum will start at 6 p.m., Monday, March 16, in the Nicolet College Theatre. Refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 p.m.

The program will begin with a screening of Critical Condition, an award-winning documentary that explores the plight of America's uninsured. It will be followed by a community forum and discussion with a panel of local and state representatives from different sectors of the health care field.

The panel, which will include physicians, nurses, representatives from the Health Department, Social Services, the hospital, and others, will provide their unique perspectives on this issue.

The forum is a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the Nicolet College Richard J. Brown Library and the Rhinelander District Library.

The goal is to raise awareness about the uninsured and create a forum for community dialogue about this issue.

The Nicolet College Library received a grant for the Critical Condition screening from Wisconsin Public Television through the Reel to Reel initiative - a partnership between WPT and the Wisconsin Library Association that makes PBS films and resources available to libraries for local screening and community engagement events.

WPT and Covering Kids & Families - Wisconsin, a coalition of more than 60 organizations committed to reducing the number of uninsured children and families in the state - worked together to bring Critical Condition to communities throughout Wisconsin.

The film is part of PBS' acclaimed P.O.V. (Point of View) series, which for 10 years has showcased independent non-fiction films that explore the human stakes in issues that hold special relevance to the country and local communities alike.

"Critical Condition... puts a human face on the nation's growing health care crisis by capturing the harrowing struggles of four critically ill Americans who discover that being uninsured can cost them their jobs, health, home, savings, even their lives," according to a brochure about the documentary.

For more information, contact the Nicolet College Library at (715) 365-4489. The Nicolet College Theatre is located in the Learning Resources Center on the college's Rhinelander campus, one mile south of the city just off of Hwy. G.