Siegal Lifelong Learning Program to host 2016 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Series; first installment to be held Jan. 19

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University will host the 2016 Northeast Ohio Public Policy Series, which brings together a panel of local leaders and experts to exchange ideas and share views on critical issues affecting Northeast Ohio.

Each of the series’ 10 events, presented at various community locations throughout the year, are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m.

The series kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Siegal Facility in Beachwood (26500 Shaker Blvd.) with “Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change,” moderated by Casey Ross, health care reporter for The Plain Dealer.

Panelists will be:

  • Todd Zeiger, vice president of the Primary Care Institute at University Hospitals of Cleveland;
  • Sarah Hackenbracht, executive director of the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership;
  • Heather Thiltgen, senior vice president of Medical Mutual; and
  • Derek van Amerongen, chief medical officer of Humana of Ohio.

Panelists will share consumer-oriented perspectives on healthcare and address questions of access and affordable healthcare at a time of rapid change in the industry—all with a Northeast Ohio focus. The panel also will address changes in how Cleveland-area doctors are providing and getting paid for care and how this affects patients.

Other series topics include marijuana legalization, Cleveland police/community relations, the Republican convention and sports stadium financing. For a complete list of events, visit–events/northeast-ohio-public-policy-forums/ or call 216.368.2090.

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Lakewood Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, and First Interstate Properties, Ltd. sponsor the Northeast Ohio Public Policy Series.