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Voices on Health Care NC Oct 21 2020 - 12th Annual Jack Crum Conference

The Cost and Economic Impact of Our Current Health Care Crisis

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William MunnWilliam Munn
Peg O'ConnellPeg O'Connell
Rebecca CereseRebecca Cerese

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William Munn, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project, NC Justice Center
William Munn will discuss “Our Employment Based Health Insurance and the Coverage Gap.” How funding of healthcare developed and is currently funded in the US. Who is covered and who is left out? What does it cost? How has the Covid-19 crisis made things worse? And US Expenditures on Healthcare vs other Western Countries.

Peg O’Connell, Chair of Care4Carolina
Peg O’Connell share with us “The Cost and Benefits of Medicaid Expansion, a Potential NC Solution.” How Medicaid Expansion would affect healthcare access, improve health outcomes, and impact NC economically. She will discuss impact of Medicaid expansion on other states, efforts to pass Medicaid expansion in NC, and legislation currently before the NC General Assembly.

Rebecca Cerese, Healthcare for All NC
Rebecca Cerese will discuss “Universal Coverage. The Argument for Medicare for All.” Why many believe this type of healthcare financing would be the most cost effective and provide the broadest range of health care coverage. What is the experience in other countries? What are the barriers to adoption & implementation in the US.

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Voices on Health Care NC Oct 14 2020 - 12th Annual Jack Crum Conference

Our Health Care Crisis and Its Impact on Diverse Populations

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Dr. Karen WinkfieldDr. Karen Winkfield
Jason Gray NC Rural CenterJason Gray
Adam Sotak NC ChildAdam Sotak

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Karen M Winkfield, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, Co-Chair NC Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination & Control
Dr. Winkfield will discuss “Health Care Disparities for People of Color and Other Minority Groups.” What factors contribute to disparate health outcomes? An overview of the impact of social location (race, gender, education, employment, income, disability, age, and other variables) on access, quality, and affordability of healthcare and health outcomes.

Jason Gray, Senior Fellow for Research & Policy, NC Rural Center
Jason Gray will talk with us about “Rural Health in NC, a System in Crisis.” This talk will explore the closure of rural hospitals, the lack of healthcare providers, and the unique issues facing rural residents of our state, touching also on how NC’s refusal to expand Medicaid has exacerbated the problems.

Adam Sotak, Public Engagement Officer, NC Child
Adam Sotak shares with us “Health Challenges Facing Women and Children.” The unique challenges that women and vulnerable children face under our current healthcare system. The work of NC Child and other advocacy organizations and how they areas trying to make a difference.

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Voices on Health Care NC Oct 7 2020 - 12th Annual Jack Crum Conference

Health Care, the Bible, Christian Tradition, and Current Perspectives

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Dr. Laceye WarnerRev. Dr. Laceye Warner
Dr. G. Scott MorrisDr. G. Scott Morris
Rev. Dr. George McClainRev. Dr. George McClain

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Speaker: Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement, Duke Divinity School
Talk: “Primitive Physick - Care of the Sick in Early Methodism”
Dr. Warner will discuss biblical and John Wesley’s Early Methodist Views on Acts of Mercy, Health, and Healing the Sick.

Speaker: Dr. G. Scott Morris, Founder & CEO, Church Health (Memphis, TN)
Talk: “How Our Current Healthcare System Developed, the Church’s Role, and How the Church Might Reengage”
Dr. Morris in this talk will touch on the 19th century pastor “healer,” growth of charitable hospitals, how employer-based health insurance & other changes in healthcare financing had an impact on church-based & public charitable hospitals and the ways Church Health, Memphis is trying to reclaim the church’s role in providing health care.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. George McClain, former national executive director, Methodist Federation for Social Action
Talk: “An Activist Theological Perspective on Systemic Change in Health Care Delivery”
During this session of our webinar, Rev. Dr. McClain will discuss how our health care institutions are part of the biblical “principalities and powers,” that need to be (continually) “unmasked,” “engaged,” and “redeemed” from the clutches of greed, profiteering, racism, etc. Now is a Kairos moment for God’s movement among us and through us.

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Journeying toward Justice Speaker Series, Dr. David Campt

How do we talk about difficult topics? The answer is WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION. In order to build BRIDGES with those with whom we DISAGREE, we need tools for CONSTRUCTIVE, RESPECTFUL, and COMPASSIONATE dialogue. In this workshop, DR. DAVID CAMPT will help us gain the SKILLS we need for COMMUNICATION instead of CONFRONTATION.

This event takes place on Friday evening, March 6 from 7:30-9:00 PM (Keynote Address); Saturday March 7 from 2:00-6:00 PM (Introductory Workshop); and Sunday, March 29 from 1:30 to 5:30 PM (Follow Up Practice/Debriefing).

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MFSA NCC is a proud cosponsor of this event. Please consider attending and also mentioning to your church.

Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry 2019

The Jack Crum Conference
September 14, 2019 • Epworth UMC

Gospel Power vs Institutional Sin
exploring approaches to challenge corporate injustice and poverty

When corporate and civic institutions succumb to greed and societal discrimination, they rob society of its capacity to protect the poor and disadvantaged. They commit the sin of taking from the poor to enrich the rich. This conference will examine some of the strategies institutions use to do this and how they misinterpret the Biblical narrative to justify their practices.

This is less a conference and more of an experience in dealing with institutional sin. We will hear the history of civic and corporate indulgence in taking from the poor over all of history and how the challenges that Jesus made expose this institutional sin.

Using a real life case study and a series of current events in North Carolina that has reinforced segregation, poverty, and financial greed, we will participate in examining the root causes and practices of governance authorities, civic institutions, and even the church and examine ways to use the Power of the Gospel to challenge these institutions.

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Childcare is available at no cost by emailing Amanda Wilson at by Thursday, 9/12/2019.

There is no cost for registration or food. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Please RSVP (Register) on by September 7th if possible.

North Carolina Council of ChurchesThe Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry is cosponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches.

Brian HeymansOur Facilitator and Speaker is Brian Heymans, Chair of the Board of Church and Society in the North Carolina Conference of the UMC.

Brian is a retired organizational change business consultant and former CEO of a multi-national consulting company in organizational change and has a deep concern for the role of the church in creating a just society.

Originally from South Africa and a lifelong Methodist, he was for over 18 years a member of two congregations served by Dr. Peter Storey in Johannesburg South Africa and worked with him on the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s official newspaper, Dimension. He has served on several Connectional boards and committees in the South African church and in Texas. Brian has authored and run numerous training programs in advocacy methods and has published other work in organizational change, leadership development and church missional strategies. He created two JFON Immigration law clinics in Texas and is doing the same here in NC.

He has a degree in finance and commercial law and a master’s in business strategy and adult education. Married with five adult children, one of whom is Methodist clergy, his abiding passion is Australian beaches and Christian justice, of course.

Here are directions to get Epworth during street construction....

Directions to Epworth UMC Construction

For those approaching Durham via I40: Take Exit 274 and turn north onto Hwy 751 (toward Durham). Stay on Hwy 751 (also named Hope Valley Road) until you reach the intersection at Martin Luther King Jr Drive. You will see a sign - “Road Closed, local traffic only.” Continue past the signs, staying on Hope Valley Road - Epworth traffic is local! The last driveway on the left before the road closure is Epworth’s. Volunteers will be on hand to direct you.

Coming from downtown Durham, via University Drive: Travel west on University Drive to the intersection at Cornwallis Road. Turn left on Cornwallis, then make the first right turn onto Stuart Drive. When you reach the end of Stuart Drive, you are at Hope Valley Road and Epworth’s driveway is directly across the street.

Coming from north Durham or Chapel Hill via 15-501: Follow signs for Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Stay on MLK Jr Dr until you reach the intersection with Hope Valley Road. Turn left onto Hope Valley Road, going past the Road Closed signs - Epworth traffic is local! Epworth’s driveway is the last on your left before you reach the road closure.

Driving via Chapel Hill Road or University Drive (old South Square area): At the intersection of University Drive and Chapel Hill Road, turn south (you will now be on Dixon Road). Follow Dixon to Martin Luther King Jr Dr and make a left turn. Follow MLK Jr Dr to Hope Valley Road. Turn left onto Hope Valley Road, going past the Road Closed signs - Epworth traffic is local! Epworth’s driveway is the last on your left before you reach the road closure.

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