Nursing Symposium: Bridging the Gap – Healthcare Reform: the Glass Half Full?

Published on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008 


  • 7:30 a.m – Registration and Networking
  • 8:30 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.- Career Fair

Register for the Symposium*
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2008

The Health Care Reform law, which went into effect on January 1, requires most Massachusetts residents to have health insurance. How does Health Care Reform really work? How does it affect the state’s poorest residents? How will the state fund, what The Boston Globe called, this "admirable experiment?" The fourth annual Becker College Nursing Symposium will help bridge the gap these questions pose with a program aimed at providing answers.

Massachusetts Health Care Reform and the Commonwealth Health Connector

  • Eric Dahlberg, Commonwealth Connection Authority
    Mr. Dahlberg will explain what that organization is doing to provide families, employees and employers with the tools and information they need to make informed decisions about health insurance in Massachusetts.

What is next for traditionally underinsured populations?

  • Harvey G. Clermont, MD
    Dr. Clermont has established free medical care programs in Shrewsbury, Hudson, Worcester, and Millbury, where he and an all-volunteer medical staff average about 100 patient visits a week. Dr. Clermont will share his perspective on Health Care Reform from his experience with the Commonwealth’s underserved populations.

What is next for nurses?

  • Gloria T. A. Craven 
    Ms. Craven will discuss Health Care Reform in terms relevant to nurses, and nurse educators. She has been involved in policy-making in support of nursing for more than a decade.

*3.6 contact hours will be awarded to participants that attend the full program.

Luncheon Program: A Legislative Address

Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore
David C. McCauley, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

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Career Fair

  • Nurses, and soon-to-graduate nursing students from any program, seeking positions in Central Massachusetts are invited to attend.