The Space Coast Health Foundation will host speaker Joan Alker, an expert on health coverage issues affecting low-income families, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Center for Collaboration in Rockledge.

ROCKLEDGE – A timely lecture at the Space Coast Health Foundation’s Center for Collaboration will address health insurance in Florida, with a focus on children and families.

Though it’s been in the works for about a year, the event comes just about a month after the U.S. Census Bureau issued a report that showed that 12.9 percent of Florida’s population was uninsured in 2017 – an increase from 12.5 percent in 2016 and higher than the national average of 8.8 percent.

The lecture will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1100 Rockledge Blvd.

Joan Alker, an expert on health coverage issues affecting low-income families, will be the keynote speaker.

“Alker will unpack newly released data and propose some solutions on Florida’s uninsured rate, a number that had been on the decline but recently increased,” a press release stated.

Ms. Alker is a research professor and executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Among other work, she authors an annual report on children’s health coverage and has led a multiyear study of Florida’s Medicaid program.

The event – which will include a panel discussion about healthcare coverage and resources – is being presented through a partnership between the foundation, Georgetown University, United Way of Brevard, Florida Philanthropic Network and University of South Florida’s Florida Covering Kids & Families program.

To reserve a seat, email Cristina Eikevik at Cristina.Eikevik@SCHFBrevard.org.

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