SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Health care and prescription drugs are expensive. So what is Vermont doing about that? Come find out what is happening and how we can help. The Springfield Town Democrats are proud to present Dr. Marvin Malek as their guest speaker at their Monday, Feb. 3 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room in HCRS, 390 River St. The meeting is open to the public.
Malek will discuss Vermont’s state-based reform, the Green Mountain Care reform of 2011 that was signed into law but never implemented, as well as Universal Primary Care, the current focus of activist activity, with a bill before the Legislature.
Marvin Malek received his medical training at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, N.Y., residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and later earned a master’s degree in health policy at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.
Malek has spent most of his career in community medicine, served as founding medical director of primary care facilities in South Troy, N.Y., as well as a large community health center in Albany, N.Y. He moved to Vermont in 2001, where he served as founding medical director of the internal medicine practice in Barre, Vt. He has also spent many years practicing inpatient medicine. In 2016, he joined the internal medicine staff at Springfield Hospital, and currently practices primary care medicine at the Ludlow Health Center, part of Springfield Hospital’s primary care network.
Malek’s lifelong interest in public health has led him to host and produce a radio show for several years, and for the last six years, serve as the leader of Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program. He served on the Green Mountain Care Board’s Advisory Committee for its first five years and has frequently testified before the Vermont Legislature and given talks around the state advocating for single payer reform in order to create a more accessible and affordable health care system. For the last five years, he has served as the primary preceptor for a summer health policy internship program open to medical students and other health profession trainees.
Light refreshments will be served. Contact Char Osterlund at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or, in the case of inclement weather, for cancelation information.