Voters and values: it’ll be an interesting discussion…

Monday, March 26, 2007

* Tuesday, April 3rd at the Sacramento Convention Center, 9:30am-1:30pm

Health Access California member and allied organizations are invited to send staff and leaders to a briefing by the Herndon Alliance, where they will discuss their work around framing and values research on the issue of health care reform, which has attracted attention around the nation.

The Herndon Alliance is a national coalition of seventy minority, faith, labor, advocacy, and provider organizations—both national and state—advocating for a health justice movement. Their goal is to achieve quality, affordable health care accessible to all by expanding the base of people supporting universal health care and increasing the breadth and depth of voices working and/or speaking out for health care reform. The beginning focus of the Herndon Alliance–tentatively named for the site of its first meeting–was a project to do an in-depth study to map the underlying values held by various groups of Americans, identify constituencies that are potential allies, and explore initiatives that connect those constituencies with our goals.

This Sacramento briefing, sponsored along with National Council of La Raza, Catholic Healthcare West, The California Endowment, and Health Access California, will report on the findings to date of the Herndon Alliance.

Date: April 3, 2007
Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Sacramento Convention Center
1030 Fifteenth Street, Room 204
Sacramento , California

The featured speakers will be Michael Shellenberger from American Environics and David Mermin from Lake Research Partners, who will discuss the findings from the past year of work around values, toward the goal of expanding the base of voters in support of health care reform. These presenters will also provide advice on how to apply their research. A reactor panel, including Anthony Wright, Health Access California; Wade Rose, Catholic Healthcare West; Katrina Mendiola, National Council of La Raza; and Michael Shellenberger, American Environics, will discuss how to use this research in a California context.

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by E-mailing Gwen,, to let her know if you or others from your organization plan to attend the meeting.

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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