November 2, 2018 — Dr. Winterstein, Pediatric Orthopedist at Gunderson, spoke about the STAR Center. This is a program for adults with special needs. The focus is on health equity–providing an opportunity for all to have good health. People with disabilities have health issues due to lack of care not due to special needs.
1 in 5 people in the US have a disability.
At STAR they move away from a medically based model to community based care. College students work with the clients. The $20 million facility is located at Lang Drive and St Andrews Street. It was built on universal design principles.
November 9, 2018– Dr. Dan Small, MD at Mayo Clinic in LaCrosse was our speaker. At age 11 he decided he would be a doctor. He has treated many Sjogren’s patients. He talked about drug prices. Clinical trials to get drugs approved have alot of regulations and are costly. His solution to high drug prices is that Congress pass laws that all drugs are half of what they are now and make the patent last for a longer period of time. He said there is a consortium, including Mayo, that is trying to start a generic drug company.