Take the Survey. Think Hard About How You'll Answer.

Today I received an invitation to participate in The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved's survey on healthcare reform.

I opened the link, thinking, like most healthcare surveys in which I'm invited to participate, my views wouldn't be useful, and/or the questions would suck.

They didn't.

Even if you don't end up participating in the survey, these are hard questions we should all be asking ourselves.

Here's the invite:

September 15, 2008

Dear Colleague:

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is concluding its survey of your views on the health care system and the upcoming Presidential election. This is the last invitation you will receive to complete the survey, and we hope you will strongly consider doing so. Your participation matters to us, and has the power to make the study more meaningful. Also, if you began the survey, but have not finished it, please take a moment to return and complete all of the questions. The response deadline is Friday, September 26.

Your voice will be heard on a national stage by your colleagues and those who shape the healthcare system in which you work. Findings from this study will be presented at the National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice in Washington, DC, to an audience of policymakers, industry leaders, and healthcare advocates. We encourage you to register for and attend this important conference. By completing this survey, you have the chance to make a very real difference for yourself and the patients you care about.

Most people have completed the survey in under 10 minutes, but you also have the option of starting the survey and completing it as time permits (i.e, you don't have to finish it all in one sitting). Plus, you can win one of more than 40 prices worth up to $250 just for making your views known!

Follow this link to the Survey: http://uncodum.qualtrics.com//WRQualtricsSurveyEngine?SSID=SS_7PQutEvldg2TrsE&SVID=Prod

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the ACU staff using the information listed below.


D. Brad Wright , Ph.D.(Cand.)
Asst Director for Health Policy
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
(202) 465-4815


Kathie Westpheling, MPH
Executive Director
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
(703) 442-5318

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