Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What does the Health Care Act's Patient Bill of Rights Really Mean?

The first parts of healthcare reform act are already law. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have praised it and Republicans have criticized the act. GOP candidates are vowing to overturn it if they get elected. The political debate about healthcare rages on, but how many people know what provisions the law actually changes? The patient’s Bill of Rights spells out what health care consumers can expect under the provisions of the new law. 

The government has released a Fact Sheet about the Bill of Rights. But what does it mean in layman's terms? Listen in with us as we chat with renowned physician and health care advocate, Dr. Gloria Wilder. Read about Dr. Wilder below!

 Community Driven, Community Focused Solutions

Gloria A. Wilder, M.D., M.P.H. a nationally recognized leader and expert in poverty and economic segregation in healthcare, Dr. Gloria founded Core Health in 2005. Growing up in the impoverished community of Brooklyn NY, Dr. Gloria's mission is to end the injustice of poverty and to provide fair opportunity for competitive advancement regardless of socio-economic status throughout our nation. As an award winning pediatrician, Dr. Gloria advanced progressive change through the use of mobile medical units and models of community social investment. Dr. Gloria vision in starting Core Health is to develop a new set of leaders in communities across our nation trained and capable to drive change that supports a free market designed to rebuild the infrastructure of social justice necessary for individual advancement.

"If we are to level the playing field, somebody has got to pick up a shovel! Dr. Gloria, 2005

Dr. Gloria received her bachelors of science degree from Howard University. In 1993, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University. Following her Residency in Pediatrics at Georgetown University, Dr. Gloria, as her patients call her, completed both her Fellowship in Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy at Georgetown University and her Masters of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Gloria served as Director of Community Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center and Chair of Mobile Health Programs at Childrens National Medical Center. Overseeing the daily operations of the Children's Health Project of DC a program of the nationally recognized Childrens Health Fund. In 2005, Dr. Gloria used her business and program development expertise to found CORE HEALTH.

Dr. Gloria volunteers her time and expertise as a pediatrician at safety net clinics throughout the DC region. Dr. Gloria has served on many boards including: The Childrens Law Center, The DC Primary Care Association, The International Mobile Health Association, The Meyers Foundation and D.C. Action for Children. In 2006, she was appointed by the DC Superior Court to serve on the prestigious, DC Access to Justice Commission and  currently serves on the health policy board for the Centene Corporation. She has given three years of service to the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Gloria is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and  writes articles for major national mainstream publications like Todays Child Magazine.

Dr. Gloria believes in the power of service. Dr. Gloria was awarded a 2005 Caring Award, joining the company of Jimmy Carter, Mother Theresa this award is given annually to a select group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional generosity and commitment to service. Dr. Gloria's other awards include the District of Columbia Primary Care Association Champion of Change Award. Rotary Clubs Hall of Fame award. WETA Hometown Hero. The Oprah Winfrey Shows Angel Network, Use Your Life Award. The Planned Parenthood Champions of Choice award. In 2004, George Washington University named her physician humanitarian of the year. Redbook Magazine recognized her with their Mothers and Shakers award. Dr. Gloria was recently inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. Dr. Gloria has been featured in articles in The Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine, Redbook magazine, Today's Child magazine, the Washington Post and Washington Times. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS 48 Hours and NBCs Dateline.

Dr. Gloria's personal mission is to end the injustice of generational poverty.

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