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“Obamacare” at 10: Thinking about the coverage

02/25/20     ,

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Feb 25, 2 p.m. ET

University of Minnesota health policy expert Sarah Gollust has looked at media coverage of the Affordable Care Act – and how the coverage (particularly on local television) affects public attitudes toward the health law and has intensified the partisanship around the ACA. Her observations about the coverage in the past, and how it might look different in the future, are timely as we come up on the 10th anniversary of the ACA in March.

  • Sarah Gollust, Ph.D., associate professor, health policy and management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

  • Moderator: Joanne Kenen, AHCJ topic leader/health reform

An associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Sarah Gollust has examined how the media translates health information, how it shapes public attitudes and influences health policymaking. Looking at political, social, ethical, and psychological factors, her research yields insight into how communication to the public and policymakers can be more effective. In addition to looking at the Affordable Care Act, she has also studied media and obesity, food and nutrition, health disparities, and cancer screening and prevention. Gollust studied biology as an undergraduate at Wesleyan before going on to get her doctorate at the University of Michigan. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow in bioethics at the NIH’s, National Human Genome Research Institute. She’s been at the University of Minnesota since 2010.

Sarah Gollust

Joanne Kenen