The second in a series of summer/fall community forums on universal health care will be held Wednesday, July 10, at the Hillsboro Brew Pub, 815 Water Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

Titled “Our Dysfunctional Healthcare System: Which Way Forward?”, the forum will feature a panel of three medical professionals: Dr. Mark Neumann, Emma Hood, RN, and Dr. Robert Jecklin; plus Ed Hoskin, a former resident of the U.K.

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 Stoddard, 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 training in nursing in Canada, will contrast the Canadian single-payer system to the U.S. system.

Jecklin, who teaches in the public health programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will discuss the reasons to improve healthcare in the U.S. Prior to teaching, his work included public health in South Carolina, HMO managed care in Chicago, American Cancer Society, and efforts to improve primary care including Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers in Cashton.

Hoskin, who was born in Nottingham, England, is a special education teacher who lives in Holmen with his wife and daughter. He will compare his experiences with the healthcare systems in his homeland and the U.S.

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

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