The third in a series of summer/fall community forums on universal health care will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Stoddard American Legion, 414 Broadway St.

Titled “Our Dysfunctional Healthcare System: Which Way Forward?,” the forum will feature a panel of two medical professionals: Dr. Mark Neumann and Emma Hood, RN.

The goal of this forum series is for the citizens of Vernon County to have open, non-partisan conversations about improving the current healthcare system. Future forums are planned for Westby and Viroqua, dates and times to come.

Neumann, a recently retired pediatrician who practiced in Africa, Madison and La Crosse from 1980 until 2019, will discuss what comprehensive single-payer coverage could look like in the U.S.

Hood, who grew up and trained in nursing in Canada, will contrast the Canadian single-payer system to the U.S. system.

The forum, sponsored by the Vernon County Democratic Party, is free and open to the public.

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