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How will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act impact you and the state of Tennessee? Why is it so contentious and difficult to reform our health care system? David Mirvis, adjunct professor of public health, has some insight. The professor, investigator, and analyst will speak on three occasions to the UT and broader community.

Mirvis will address why the reform seems much more contentious than changing other parts of our social infrastructure and other difficulties reform efforts face. The discussions will also include the difficulty in identifying effective policy strategies, implications of the provisions that expand access to health insurance, why the reform is so important, ideological differences behind policy selection, and the political forces that ultimately determine the outcome of the effort.

  • From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, in College of Nursing, room 201, he will discuss “Why is Health Reform So Hard? Faculty and students are invited to attend.
  • From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, in the Claxton Complex, room 206, he will discuss “Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The UT community and the public are invited to attend.
  • From noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30,┬áin the Claxton Complex, room 206, he will discuss “Health Policy: Why It Matters and How to Get Involved.” Students are invited to attend. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to

Mirvis has been active in health policy issues at the local, state, and national levels. He and his colleagues have recently completed a series of original research projects on the impacts of health system reform on the health care system in Tennessee. Mirvis has been on the UT College of Medicine faculty since 1975.