The Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, has issued a call for proposals for papers and panels on the theme of "Health Care and Health Policy in the Northern Great Plains." Health care cost and access continue to be of major concern to Americans. Residents of the northern Great Plains--the Dakotas, Nebraska, and parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming, and Montana--deal with the same health issues as other Americans, but in some instances more acutely because of geographical location. In small towns and rural areas, hospitals and clinics are closing rapidly. The need for advanced medical treatment in the largest urban areas, such as Fargo, Sioux Falls, Omaha, and Lincoln, is increasing. Residents of reservations experience both the benefits and frustrations of federal health policy.
In addition to presentations on the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19, whose centennial the Dakota Conference is commemorating, possible topics range from mental health to the opioid crisis, from insuring for pre-existing conditions, like diabetes, to escalating drug costs and the role of pharmaceutical benefit managers, from gambling addiction to the link between poverty and health.
Kari Mahowald, Conference Coordinator, Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD 57197, 605.274.4007