For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform

Published: January 29th, 2019

Category: Featured Articles

For All The People NLM exhibit and eventsThe Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine which explores how the movements of ordinary people shaped the changing American health care system from the beginning of the 20th century to today.

Health care reform has been a contentious political issue in the United States for more than a hundred years. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which expanded access to health insurance coverage for millions of people, Americans continue to disagree on whether and how to make quality health care available to all.  From the beginning of the 20th century to today, citizens have made their voices heard in these debates. Health care reform is usually associated with presidents and national leaders, but this exhibition tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary people helped shape the changing American health care system.

The exhibit runs from from January 21st – March 2nd, 2019.

Wednesday, February 20th – UF Panel:  Empowering the Patient

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Harrell Medical Education Building, Room 128
This panel will explore how patients have been impacted by their experience of illness and with the healthcare system and how they have worked to develop their voice in advocating for their needs.

Thursday, February 21st – The South within the North: Place and Intersectional Black Women’s AIDS Activism

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Harrell Medical Education Building, Room 128
Daniel Royles, Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University, will discuss grassroots responses to the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on black communities, bringing together his interests in histories of African American life and culture, public health, sexuality, social movements, and the human body.

Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340.

Tuesday, February 26th – For All the People

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-17
Beatrix Hoffman, Professor of History at Northern Illinois University and Curator of the For All the People exhibit, will join us remotely to give an overview of the exhibit and its themes of health care social movements and the right to health care.

Thursday, February 28th – Fighting for and Against Government Sponsored Health Care in America: Lessons from the History of the Veterans’ Medical System

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Harrell Medical Education Building, Room 128
Jessica AdlerAssistant Professor of History of Health Policy and Management at Florida International University, will discuss the history of federal involvement in health care through the lens of the VA health system. This draws from her work from her 2017 book Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System.

Thursday, February 28th – Movie Screening – Freeheld (2015)

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-17
From IMDB: “New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.”  Starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340.

For more information and a list of related events, please visit guides.uflib.ufl.edu/for-all-the-people