Facilitated by Gracious Gamaio, MPH student, and Patricia Atwater, Director of Health Promotion at Hall Health. Talk will be held Friday, October 5th, 9-10:30AM, Alder Auditorium.
**Learning objectives**- Learn about the student-led work that's been done to advocate for universal student health insurance- Identify the barriers to affordable care faced by students- Discuss strategies to improve student access to medical and mental health care
**Description**The University of Washington offered domestic students voluntary health insurance (Student Health Insurance Plan or SHIP) from the 1970s until 2014. Given the absence of a UW domestic student health insurance plan and the ongoing dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, many UW students face challenges obtaining health insurance and getting affordable health care. A 2017 study found that 40 percent of UW students postpone care due to cost, with sizeable disparities in adequacy of coverage based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status.
This presentation will outline recent work done by a group of students, faculty, and staff collect data and organize around universal health insurance coverage.
**Speaker bio**Patricia Atwater (she/her) is the Director of Health Promotion at Hall Health. Her interests include identifying and addressing health disparities at UW, racial justice organizing, and community-based participatory research. Gracious Gamaio (she/her) is a second year master's in public health student and leader of the group Huskies for Health Insurance. She is also active in Health Equity Circle.