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
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!
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Health Care Issue Guide
Please read this guide before our February conversation.