|On Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., hundreds of Emory University students will take part in a candlelight vigil on the steps of Grady Memorial Hospital to raise awareness of the 'crisis' of the uninsured and underinsured.
Students from Emory's Goizueta Business School, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health and School of Medicine will join other health professional students from around the state for the vigil. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside the hospital's Steiner Auditorium.
More than 46 million Americans are uninsured. In Georgia, 1.6 million people don't have enough health insurance or coverage at all. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that at least 18,000 Americans die prematurely each year because they lack health coverage.
The candlelight vigil is the culminating event for national "Cover the Uninsured Week" sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This year, with pending reauthorization of the State's Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in Georgia, the campaign will focus on insuring children as an important first step toward providing covering to all Americans.
In addition to the vigil, the following activities are planned on the main Emory campus as part of "Cover the Uninsured Week:"
Monday, April 23 -- Wine and Cheese Tasting & Lecture
"Broken U.S. Healthcare System and Proposed Solutions"
Rita Anne Rollins Room, Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Rd.
Tuesday, April 24 -- Lunch & Lecture
"Economics and Disparities in Healthcare"
Alperin Auditorium, 1525 Clifton Rd.
Wednesday, April 25 -- Lunch & Lecture
"Providers of the Healthcare Safety Net"
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administrative Building, 1440 Clifton Rd.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.healthstatgeorgia.org.