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    April 13, 2004
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057,


SSU Conference Targets Health Care Crisis and Costs in Region; Successes Reported in Programs for Children; Homeless

Stabilizing health care costs in the region, and emerging programs for children and the homeless, will be explained and explored in an important conference at Sonoma State University later this month.

The event is set for Friday evening, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 on the Rohnert Park campus. The conference is open to the public and there is no charge.

On Friday at 7 p.m in the Commons, conference attendees will hear about a coalition that aims to insure that every single child in the county has health care access.

Several important successful county collaborative projects for frequent users of health care and for the homeless will also be explained. A ground-breaking about-to-be-released integrative health care book developed in Sonoma County will be announced.

At 8 p.m., Kathleen and Gerald Hill will give an overview of the health plans of the world's other major industrialized countries such as Canada, Germany, France, Italy, England and Japan.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon, the conference will study critical problems still being faced locally and focus on methods for better understanding and moderating health care costs in Sonoma County.

The explorations will range from prevention, community-based public health and early intervention initiatives to utilization analyses. Preliminary reports will be made on ways to modify health plans to have significantly better control of health care costs.

During early Saturday afternoon, a nearby facility will host academic papers on health care. In the Cooperage, discussions will focus on two modes of facilitating brainstorming among stakeholders, citizens, and academics on what needs to be done to move forward.

The conference will be of particular interest to health care purchasers, employers, faculty, students, personnel-human resources-finance professionals, health care providers, and members of the community concerned about future directions for their own care.

Among the guest speakers will be:

Chris Alesso, senior underwriter, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan; Jack Burrows, Director of Consulting Services, Association of California Healthcare Districts; Bob Dozor, M.D., Preventive Clinic of Santa Rosa; Cathy Frey, Health Policy & Resource Development Director, Redwood Community Health Coalition, Santa Rosa; Debb Jachens, California School Employees Association; Tom Moore, consultant, San Francisco; Gil Ojeda, Director of California Program on Access to Care, California Policy Research Center, Office of the President, UC System; Alan Proulx MA, MBA, strategic planner, Santa Rosa; Bob Shirrell, President, Sherrill Consulting, Santa Rosa; Karen Taranto, Principal, pmpm Consulting Group, Inc. (Prepaid Management Prepaid Medicine), Sacramento; Cindy Young, California School Employees Association and more.

For complete information on speakers and the program, visit the Web site at

For further information, call Skip Robinson, (707) 523-2888.


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