SWBC Speaker Series 2018-19 RSVP: October 5th - Student Insurance
Join us for the Student Wellbeing Collaborative Speaker Series, through which we make elevate topics in student health, facilitated by UW experts.

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.

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