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Seminar to help lay persons “navigate healthcare maze”

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Carson-Newman is offering a seminar series focused on today’s healthcare issues. The series, Take Charge of Your Health(care): Guide for Lay Persons Navigating the Healthcare Maze, will be a five session series beginning January 14. It is the first installment of spring seminars offered through the Blevins Institute for Spirituality and Mental Health.

“We are facing vast changes and uncertainty in the near future in healthcare delivery in American,” said seminar leader Dr. John McGraw, who brings to the sessions 35-years of insight as a physician. McGraw explained that the purpose of the seminar series is to empower non-medical personal in navigating through the complexities of the healthcare system. “Understanding of this process will decrease frustration over changes in health care which will affect us all,” he said.

Sessions include: Take Charge: Don’t Delegate Your Health, January 14; Spirituality and Physical Health, January 21; What Your Physician May Not Want You to Know, January 28; The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): The Good, Bad, and the Controversial, February 4; Future Healthcare in the U.S., February 11.

McGraw is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 1988. He is also president-elect of the Lakeway Medical Society. He has lived and practiced in Jefferson County for nine years with the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic.

Seminars will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in Carson-Newman’s Ted Russell Hall, room 151. Those interested may register for individual, or all sessions. Cost is $15 per session or $50 for the entire series. To register, call 865-471-3311.

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