Book Talk: Grow and Hide: The History of America's Health Care State

A Book Panel with Jamila Michener, Alfedo Morabia and author Colleen M. Grogan
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About the Conversation
For more than 160 years, federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. have invested heavily in public health and healthcare services. Yet throughout history, our taxpayer-supported healthcare architecture has remained mostly hidden from the public behind the veneer of a predominantly private system. How did this happen?

Jamilia Michener and Alfredo Morabia, renowned experts on Health Equity, Health Policy and Public Health, will discuss Grogan’s new book Grow and Hide: The History of America's Health Care State. Grogan's sweeping history of the American healthcare state explains how and why the grow-and-hide phenomenon arose and details the consequences we've all felt.

This event is supported by the Charlotte Towle Memorial Endowment Fund.

This Book Panel discussion  will provide Professional Development Credit

1.5 CEUs are available

The Professional Development Program is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.


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Colleen Grogan, PhD

Colleen Grogan, PhD, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor and Deputy Dean for Curriculum in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice will discuss her new book, Grow and Hide (Oxford, 2023) which details the history of the American health care state and argues that the public has been intentionally misled about the true role of government. The US created a publicly financed system while framing it as the opposite in what Grogan terms the "grow-and-hide regime." Today, the state's role is larger than ever, yet it remains largely hidden because stakeholders-namely, private actors and their allies in government-have repeatedly, and successfully, presented the illusion of minimal government involvement. The consequences of this narrative are scarce accountability and a highly unequal distribution of benefits.    

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Jamila Michener, Phd

Jamila Michener, PhD, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity at Cornell University, will discuss health equity and how we may be able to mobilize around Medicaid as a tool to address disparities. Her research focuses on poverty, racial inequality, and public policy in the United States. 

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Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, MPH

Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and Editor in Chief of the AJPH will discuss the history of public health and how this has influenced the healthcare system. His domain of research is urban health and history.

This event is supported by the Charlotte Towle Memorial Endowment Fund.

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