Join us Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. in-person (First Congregational Church of Old Lyme) or online (Zoom) for “Healthcare Policy Insights from Around the Globe,” part of our 2021-2022 speaker series.
Presenter: Gery Barry, Retired Health Care Management Executive
Topic: “Healthcare Policy Insights from Around the Globe”
Few if any policy issues in the US are as rancorous and intractable as those related to healthcare. Breaking through the associated political paralysis starts with an objective, comprehensive understanding of the performance issues of our healthcare system. To this end it is most helpful to evaluate dispassionately our system’s performance relative to other countries, while avoiding the temptation to make political presumptions of the desirability of policy changes which simply mimic them. It also requires a healthy appreciation for why changes in healthcare policy everywhere in the world are intrinsically difficult.
When: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker
Where: This will be a Hybrid Presentation! You can attend the meeting in person at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, or virtually on Zoom. Registration is required for in-person seating, and by guests to receive the Zoom link. The Zoom link will be emailed with your registration confirmation.
Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests.
Gery Barry is a senior advisor specializing in health care management and health insurance. He was most recently engaged with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, where he reported directly to the Deputy Minister responsible for orchestrating the transformation of the Kingdom’s public healthcare system. Gery began his career at Aetna, where he held a wide range of responsibilities before moving to Toronto as the Country Leader for Liberty Mutual Ins. Subsequently, Gery was recruited to be CEO of BlueCross BlueShield Louisiana, where he dealt with the ravages Hurricanes Katrina and Rita inflicted throughout the healthcare system in south Louisiana, and was tapped to lead the Louisiana Recovery Authority’s Task Force on Health Care Reform. In 2010 Gery was hired by a San Diego-based healthcare management company to develop an international subsidiary, focused on managing cost, quality and safety of prescription drug use for public and private payers and large hospital systems. Based in Hong Kong, he and his team developed successful businesses in the Middle East and Mainland China, and engaged with senior government officials around the globe exploring the use of prescription drug management tools to benefit their health care systems, most notably India, Turkey, Sweden, and Qatar. Gery retired in December of 2017, but continues to take on selective advisory roles such as the one in Saudi Arabia.
Join us in January 2022 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation by Arne Westad, Professor of History and Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University. Westad will speak on “A New Cold War between the US and China?” based on his Foreign Affairs article “The Sources of Chinese Conduct”, Sept/Oct 2019;
Learn more about our speaker at https://jackson.yale.edu/
Registration link and more details to come.
Join us Wednesday, February 23, 2022, for a presentation by Karolin Machtans titled, “The Representation of Asylum Interviews in Contemporary Literature & Film of Refuge,” part of our 2021-22 speaker series.
Machtans is an Associate Professor of German Studies at Connecticut College. Machtans’s main research and teaching interests are 20th- and 21st-century German literature and film, post-1945 German history and culture, German-Turkish relations; Muslims in Germany; minorities in Germany; Holocaust studies, and literary theory. Learn more here.
Registration link and more information to come.
Join us in March 2022 (exact date and location TBD) for a presentation with Ada Ferrer, Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean History at New York University. She will speak about Cuba, based on her new book, “Cuba: An American History” (2021). This presentation is part of our 2021-2022 speaker series.
Learn more about our speaker at https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/ada-ferrer.html.
Registration link and more details to come.
Join us Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. in-person (First Congregational Church of Old Lyme) or online (Zoom) for “Healthcare Policy Insights from Around the Globe,” part of our 2021-2022 speaker series.[…]
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.