AU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Sponsors Symposium

AU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Sponsors Symposium
10/22/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ third annual fall symposium, titled “The Voice of a Community: Strategic Actions to Achieve Health Equity in our Communities” will be held Nov. 6 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield.
The symposium, which is free to health service providers and students in health-related disciplines, will begin with registration from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and will feature two afternoon sessions.
The first session, titled “Local Healthcare Disparities and the Safety Net,” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This session will be led by Jared Pollick, chief executive officer for Third Street Family Health Services (TSFHS) in Mansfield, and will report findings from the North End Community Improvement Collaborative’s four-category strategic plan to eliminate health disparities and build a safety net.
As CEO, Pollick has led TSFHS through a period of growth, opening two new offices in the last two years. In this position, he takes a central role in managing the strategic vision for TSFHS. He has experience working with multiple electronic health systems and coordinates multiple grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) was established to mobilize a national, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities in an effort to move the nation forward in achieving health equity. Through a series of Community Voices and Regional Conversations meetings, the NPA sought input from community leaders and representatives from professional, business, government and academic sectors to establish the priorities and goals for national action. The North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) a grantee of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health (OCMH), facilitated a formal series of Local Conversations on Minority Health Disparities and follow-up meetings to discuss local disparities. 
The second session, titled “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. and will be led by Nicole Williams, chief operating officer at Third Street Family Health Services; and Robin Schmid and Kari L. Westfield, both outreach coordinators for Third Street Family Health Services. This session will discuss the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on safety net providers. Strategies to educate our patients about several insurance options will be provided.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1961. 
This symposium is supported by HRSA Grant #D11HP22187-01-00, I CARE: Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing Enrollment, Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR).
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###