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UHW Outlines Solutions to California's Health Crisis

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 General News J E 4
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Labor Shortage, Access to Care are Key Issues Facing State



Caregivers from around California will host the first of several statewide forums on Thursday, in which experts in the field will discuss the crisis facing the state's healthcare infrastructure and potential solutions.



The 2008 Quality Care Forum will tackle challenges such as the looming shortage in healthcare workers, the wide disparities in quality of care delivered at different hospitals and in different regions of the state, and the acute need to increase access to care for millions of uninsured and underinsured Californians.



Already this year, more than 75,000 hospital and nursing home workers are negotiating new contracts at their facilities, and workers are also organizing at Fresno's Community Medical Centers for the same purpose -- to provide the highest possible level of care.



WHAT: 2008 Quality Care Forum



WHO: Sen. Dean Florez, D-Fresno

Fresno County Supervisor Susan Anderson

Former Assembly member Sarah Reyes

Gene Roza, California Alliance for Retired Americans

Richard Yanes, Fresno Metro Ministry

Rev. Shane Scott, Saints Rest Baptist Church



WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m.



WHERE: Fresno Convention Center

Exhibit Hall - Diamond Room

848 M St.

Fresno



The 150,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States and represents every type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical and service classifications. Our mission is to achieve high-quality healthcare for all.



CONTACT: Kim Curtis of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, +1-510-206-8248



/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- April 1, 2008/

SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
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