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Courageous Conversations: Health Care

Saturday, February 26, 2022 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful conversation about Health Care. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s article on the topic prior to the discussion.

February 26, 2022

Events > Courageous Conversations: Health Care

Saturday, February 26
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library


Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


February’s Topic is Healthcare

Join us for an open, respectful conversation about healthcare. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s article on the topic prior to the discussion.


Preparing for February’s Meeting

Prior to the health care conversation, please read this month’s article. Printed copies are available at the Library.

Health Care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?
Issue Guide from National Issues Forum


Optional Reading/Listening

Looking to dive deeper? These articles and podcasts are not required, but will give you more perspective on this month’s issue.

You may also choose to do further reading on your own. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

  1. Choose a reputable source
    Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
  2. Exit your echo chamber
    Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

5 Things You Need to Know about Medicare for All
Audio recording from Pantsuit Politics Podcast
Press the play button below the image to listen. Further reading available under Episode Resources.

Nine Things Americans Need to Learn from the Rest of the World’s Health Care Systems
Article from Vox

Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care
Report from the Commonwealth Fund

Opinion: U.S. health care is needlessly pricing people out. Here’s how to fix that
Opinion piece from Deseret News
Note that we advised you above to be careful with opinion pieces. We included this one because it’s the right sort of opinion piece—thoughtful, balanced and not inflammatory in nature.

Courageous Conversations Reads: Health Care
21 books on health care, curated by your Berlin-Peck librarians

The American health care paradox
An American sickness
America's bitter pill
Catastrophic care
The emergency
The hospital
Never pay the first bill
No apparent distress
Old and sick in America
Prepare to defend yourself
Prescription for the people
The price of health
The price we pay
Reinventing American health care
The slippery slope of healthcare
The ten year war
Where does it hurt?


More Conversations

Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!

All Conversations


Health Care Issue Guide
Please read this guide before our February conversation.