Becker College Provides Forum for Public Health Solutions

Published on Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

According to a December 2006 survey by Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, 372,000 Massachusetts residents of all ages were uninsured. The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year that, while the median household income rose, so did the number of people who go without health insurance, to 46.6 million. In the heart of cities across the country, nursing students and faculty members are providing crucial health care to these underserved populations. The third annual Becker College Nursing Symposium will turn the spotlight on this public health issue and how nursing schools are bridging the gap, on March 23, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Boutin Student Center, 44 West Street, Worcester.

Massachusetts Senators Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Richard T. Moore will be on hand to give an update on the state of public health in Central Massachusetts.

Nursing educators will present their successful public health models: Johns Hopkins University’s local to global initiatives; the Governor’s Wellmobile Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the partnerships and outreach in central Massachusetts forged by the Becker College Nursing Program.

New to this year’s symposium is the workshop, “Recognizing and Reporting Workplace Violence,” presented by Christine Pontus, MS, RN, COHN-S, of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, at 1:15 p.m.; and a Job Fair for nurses and soon-to-graduate nursing students seeking positions in central Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m.

Symposium events, including lunch, are free of charge, and CEUs are available for nurses. Sponsored by Becker College, Fallon Community Health Plan and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.