5PM – 7:30PM
2730 SW Moody, Portland, Oregon

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A town hall discussion about the future of health care for the women and children of Oregon

Each year, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation hosts a Health Care Symposium, bringing together health leaders and community members from across the region to address health care challenges, trends and opportunities that affect the lives of Oregonians. In this moment of political uncertainty and division, our 2017 symposium will bring community members together to focus on the pending decisions that will impact the lives of women and children in Oregon.

The future of critical health care programs like Medicaid, Cover All Kids, and reproductive health services are up in the air.  State and national policy and budget decisions on these programs could affect well over 20 million people, with the greatest impacts to those living below the poverty line.

At the same time that these debates are raging in Congress, the state Legislature is determining how best to address a $1.8 billion revenue shortfall in the state budget. The Co-Chairs budget proposes to close this revenue gap by eliminating the state Medicaid match. If revenues cannot be found to fill this gap, 335,000 Oregonians will lose health insurance coverage. We know that many legislators are developing revenue solutions; however, at present, there is no proposal moving forward to fill this gap.

In times like these, it is our responsibility to understand what decisions are on the table and how they will impact our community, especially those who are most vulnerable. It is imperative that we create a community of advocacy – sharing effective ways to engage in the decision-making.

The 2017 Health Care Symposium will address these critical health care issues and the potential impacts on women and children in Oregon.

Town Hall Scheduled Speakers

Welcome address

Oregon, 1st District – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

Town hall speakers

Oregon, 44th District – House Speaker Tina Kotek

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette – Stacy Cross, CEO

Oregon Latino Health Coalition – Linda Roman, Director of Health Policy & Government Relations

Causa – Cristina Marquez, Causa’s Advocacy & Civic Engagement Coordinator

OHSU – Dr. Renee Edwards, Co-Director of the Center for Women’s Health

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center – Monica Arce, VG Women’s Clinic


Portland Business Journal – Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter

Annual Sponsors

Event Sponsors



Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion



The CHP Group

Health Share of Oregon


Oregon Public Health Institute

Pacific University

Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC