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Commonwealth North Program Updates


Commonwealth North's Republican Gubernatorial Debate will be August 23, Captain Cook Hotel, 12-2

Commonwealth North has postponed our Don Young Forum until October

Senator Stevens' Memorial Service will be Wednesday, August 18, Anchorage Baptist Temple, 2pm

Republican Gubernatorial Debate Commonwealth North 2010 Republican Debate

12:00 noon, doors open at 11:30 am
Formal program: 12:00 noon - 1 pm, Extended Q&A: 1pm - 2 pm
Captain Cook Hotel Ballroom

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Participants: Governor Sean Parnell, Ralph Samuels, Bill Walker

Commonwealth North's 2010 Republican Debate will be Monday, August 23rd. The major candidates are confirmed. The policy concerns the candidates will need to address are critical to the long range stability of Alaska. This program will deliver an engaging and detailed candidate forum for members and guests to analyze the candidate's leadership qualifications on pivotal public policy concerns for Alaska's future Governor.

All leading candidates will be prepared to offer responses to targeted questions on topics the members of Commonwealth North have identified as priorities including long-range fiscal planning, energy stability, and dramatic increases in the cost of health care for customers, the health care industry, and within Alaska's budget.

On October 28th we will invite the winners of the primary election back for a final general election program. Our moderators will be Karen Hunt, Jeff Lowenfels, and Frank Murkowski for the series.

Join us at the Captain Cook Hotel August 23rd for the second of the three debates. Networking begins at 11:30am with extended Question and Answer session from 1-2. The debate begins at 12pm. Individual tickets for members are $25, non-members $35.

If you registered for the August 12th date we will automatically transfer your reservation to the new August 23rd date. If you cannot attend the rescheduled date, please call the office at 258-9522 and we will refund your registration.

For more information or to reserve a seat please call Joshua Wilson at 258-9522, use the registration link above or go to www.commonwealthnorth.org.

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Health Care Action Coalition Commonwealth North Health Care Action Coalition
Thursday, August 19, 7-9am
AARP Alaska State Office, 3601 C Street #1420
Click to EditCommonwealth North's Health Care Action Coalition will be meeting this Thursday, August 19th from 7-9am at the AARP Alaska State Office located at 3601 C Street #1420 to discuss health care work force development and Alaska potential for growing our own health care professionals. Jan Harris Vice Provost, Office of Health Programs Development, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Karen Perdue CEO/President, Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association, and Dennis Valenzeno PhD, Program Director of the Alaska WWAMI program will be joining us.

Commonwealth North believes health care is not a goal or end in itself. The ultimate goal of health care and our involvement is health and wellness for all Alaskans. Alaskans must identify and improve the aspects of health care that are under our control. Many health care issues are national, that Alaskans cannot affect. Therefore, it is even more important to address and solve issues we can do something about here at home.

Commonwealth North Commitment to Health Care in Alaska
This spring, the Board of Directors of Commonwealth North approved the creation of a Health Care Action Coalitions to provide continuity in support of recommendations from the Commonwealth North past study entitled "Alaska Primary Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges," as well as the work done by the Alaska Health Care Roundtable. These groups created a package of recommendations that were dynamic, compelling, and assured to be accepted. The objectives of the Commonwealth Action Coalition are to continue communication and foster action among parties that have a long-term vested interest in health care reform. It will set a standard of credibility and create timely actionable ideas that can gather bipartisan support, get quick approval and become part of a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska. It will be a sounding board and facilitator for ideas and recommendations, with a focus on lifestyle and prevention, access, quality and cost.

Commonwealth North Ahead of the Curve
In the spring of 2009 the Commonwealth North Board unanimously passed resolutions by the Health Care Action Coalition in support of three Senate Bills in the Alaska State Legislature that support good Health Care policy and were goals of the Health Care study and the Alaska Health Care Roundtable.
• Senate Bill 133 encourages and promotes the establishment of an Electronic Medical Record with a common interface as a means to improved safety, efficiency, and quality of health care in Alaska. This Bill was passed by the Alaska State Legislature in 2009.
• Senate Bill 172 establishes the Alaska Health Care Commission to provide recommendations to foster the development of a statewide plan to address the quality, accessibility, and availability of health care for Alaskans. This Bill was passed by the Alaska State Legislature in 2010
• Senate Bill 139 encourages and promotes the establishment of incentives to bring more qualified Medical professionals to Alaska. Commonwealth North testified on this bill in 2010 and will continue to work with policy makers to ensure Alaska has the qualified medical professional we need.

The Health Care Action Coalition meets the third Thursday of each month. Members are welcome to attend, but please call so we can plan accordingly. If you wish to become involved in Commonwealth North's Health Care Initiative or would like more information please call Joshua Wilson at 258-9522.

Commonwealth North Study Groups and Action Coalitions

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Commonwealth North Advance Program Calendar · September 13, Lee Hammond, President AARP - Dena'ina Center, 12-1pm

September 22, The Economic Impacts of Health Care Reform on Alaska - Part 2, Mark Foster, Principal of Mark A Foster and Associates & Deborah Erickson, Executive Director of the Alaska Health Care Commission - Palmer, Job Corps, 12-1pm
· October 12, Dr. Richard Goldberg 2010 Carol Treadwell Visiting Fellow - Cancer Research - Hilton Hotel, 12-1pm

October 28, 2010 General Gubernatorial Debate - Dena'ina Center, 12pm

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