Forum Session

Health Care Safety Net Innovators: Forging Ahead, Though Challenges Persist
January 11, 2008


Jessamy Taylor, MPP


This Forum session explored the challenges health care safety net providers face and the manner in which, despite these challenges, innovators are working to achieve major improvements. Representatives from a community health center and a public hospital discussed their successes in providing comprehensive, coordinated, affordable, high-quality care to their patients, the majority of whom are uninsured or publicly insured. The pressures these providers face, including growing demand for care, changing Medicaid policies, state health reform efforts, and increasing competition were examined


Robert E. Hurley, PhD, Senior Consulting Researcher, Center for Studying Health System Change, Associate Professor of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University; Thomas Trompeter, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Centers of King County; John W. Bluford III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Truman Medical Centers

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Hurley, Mr. Trompeter, and Mr. Bluford are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information, see Robert Hurley, Laurie Felland, and Johanna Lauer, Community Health Centers Tackle Rising Demands and Expectations,” Center for Studying Health Systems Change, Issue Brief No. 116, December 2007; and Richard Hegner, “The Health Care Safety Net in a Time of Fiscal Pressures,” National Health Policy Forum, Background Paper, April 2001.

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