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U.S. Health Policy Today: The Issues, The Process, and The Future

Join former Rush University Medical Center President, Peter Butler, MHSA, professor in and chairperson of the Department of Health Systems Management, and Janice Phillips, RN, PhD, CENP, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research and Health Equity and Associate Professor of Nursing at Rush University, as they delve into U.S. health policy today. Drawing on Phillip’s background influencing policy during her Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in the U.S. Senate, among other experiences, and Butler’s nationally recognized healthcare executive experience, this course will provide a foundational understanding of U.S. health policy and how it will impact your profession and career expectations.

U.S. Health Policy Today: The Issues, The Process, and The Future will:

  • Provide an overview of the critical issues facing the U.S. health system and the policy options being considered to address the issues.
  • Identify the processes, both formal and informal for advocating and developing health policy.
  • Speculate about the future of health care, the policies that might be adopted and their consequences for the healthcare system and population at large.
  • A special focus will be given to how the social determinants of health are increasingly being factored into health policy solutions.

A lunch and learn series, the course will be taught through four, one-hour sessions, meeting weekly for four consecutive weeks. Online companion resources will include brief videos to watch prior to each class as well as a list of resources you can access to learn more about health policy. The final class will include a facilitated panel of experts to share views on the future of healthcare, particularly as it relates to the impact of social determinants of health.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the performance of the current healthcare system and what legislative and regulatory approaches are in place or being considered to improve the system.  
  • Explain how national health policy is developed using the formal processes provided by the government as well as the informal advocacy and processes used to influence the decision-makers.
  • Articulate potential future scenarios for policy, particularly those that incorporate emerging evidence of the role social determinants plan in impacting the health of a population.
  • Identify how “your” health profession and career will be impacted by emerging health policies as well as how you can influence policy yourself.



  • May 1, noon - 1 p.m.
  • May 8, noon - 1 p.m.
  • May 15, noon - 1 p.m.
  • May 22, noon - 1 p.m.


Rush University
Armour Academic Center  (Room 971)
600 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Box lunch included.  

NOTE: After registration you may alert us to any dietary restrictions.


Contact Us

For more information contact Althea A. Billins at (312) 563-0336 or

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of (4) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is (4) contact hours.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Rush University designates this live activity for (4) Continuing Education credit(s).

This is a past event.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rush University, Room 971 600 S. Paulina, Armour Academic Center

Event Type

On-Campus Event


Continuing and Professional Studies



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