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October 17th- 6:30pm
“Health Care in Canada and Cuba: What do they have that We Don’t?”
At the Ethical Society


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October 17 MoSP Program

Missourians for Single Payer with The Gateway Green Alliance and The Universal African Peoples Organization invite you to “Health Care in Canada and Cuba: What do they have that We Don’t?”, our free public program Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm in the Hanke Room at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road.

Esteemed panelists include *Dan Berg, MD, *Erin O’Reilly, RN, MSRN, IBCLC, *Don Fitz, Ph.D., *Rosemary Gaertner, RN, FNP and moderated by *Brittani Nelson, BS. Come join the discussion in which we will compare and contrast a single payer health system and a socialized health program with the non-universal, multi-payer non-system of the U.S.

What are major problems with health care in the US that make it inaccessible for the poor, the working poor, and middle class families who often have insurance plans? Why is health care so expensive? Why does the US have higher infant and maternal mortality rates compared with some impoverished countries? Could a Medicare for All system such as exists in Canada really improve care and reduce costs by 20-40%? Why does the Cuban health care system result in a longer live expectancy and lower infant mortality rate while spending less than 10% per capita of what the US does? Come with your questions and ideas about how we resolve the fatal flaws in US health care.

Dan Berg, MD
*Dan Berg, MD
Dr. Berg Dan is a third generation physician from St Louis. He did his residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and received a Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg. He worked for the Indian Health Services in New Mexico for 3 years, then as a hospitalist at BJH for 3 years, and has worked for the last 10 years at Family Care Health Centers, a community health center in St Louis.

Erin O'Reilly, RN, MSNR, IBCLC
*Erin O’Reilly, RN, MSNR, IBCLC
Ms. O’Reilly is a public health nurse/lactation consultant who works with low income pregnant women, mothers and babies at Family Care Health Center in the WIC department. Her clients have prenatal and postpartum medical needs and breastfeeding related needs, but often lack healthcare coverage for necessary services.

Don Fitz, Ph.D.
*DON Fitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Fitz has taught Environmental Psychology at Washington University and Fontbonne University in St. Louis. He is on the Editorial Board of Green Social Thought, and was the 2016 candidate of the Missouri Green Party for Governor. He has visited Cuba many times and has published numerous articles about its health care system.

Rosemary Gaertner, R.N., MSN, FNP-BC
*Rosemary Gaertner, R.N., MSN, FNP-BC
Ms. Gaertner is a retired Nurse Practitioner who grew up in Newfoundland. Her nursing career encompassed experience in Respiratory ICU, Cardiac Stress Testing, teaching at SIUE and Maryville Universities and as a nurse practitioner in primary care and at Barnes Hospital.

Brittani Nelson, BS, Animal Poultry and Veterinary Science
*Brittani Nelson, BS, Animal Poultry and Veterinary Science
Ms. Nelson is a Health Education Coordinator in the Health Promotion and Public Health Research division at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. She is currently working on the Missouri State Opioid Response grant to fight the opioid epidemic. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Public Health at Saint Louis University.

Ample parking is located behind the building by the rear entrance. Cancellations due to extreme weather will be posted at 2 pm on Thursday on our website: www.mosp.us