Date & time

Mar 22, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public. View on YouTube here.

Join us for a discussion on health policy and the future of the Affordable Care Act with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Paula Lantz, associate dean of the Ford School and James Hudak Professor of Health Policy. Representative Underwood is a registered nurse, a University of Michigan alumna (BSN '08), and the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives. 

This event is made possible in part through the generous support of the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund.

From the speaker's bio

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood had served Illinois’ 14th Congressional District since January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and the House Committee on Homeland Security. Committee. Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce.

Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. She served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and helped implement the Affordable Care Act—broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSN '08) and Johns Hopkins University. 

Hosted by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Program in Practical Policy Engagement, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.