Democrats to host rural health care forum

Democratic Party central committees from Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek and Tama counties are joining forces to host a health care forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Belle Plaine Historical Museum Auditorium.

Moderated by Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha, the forum will include health care professionals and hospital administrators discussing health care issues unique to rural Iowa.

Panelists will include Dr. Laura Ferguson of Grinnell; Elizabeth Momany, director of Amana Family Practice and Tiffin Family Care; Keith Mueller, interim dean of the College of Public Health and Gerhard Hartman Professor in Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa; and Michael Riege, administrator, Virginia Gay Hospital, Vinton.

Candidates for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District have been invited. They are Courtney Rowe of Cedar Rapids, George Ramsey III of Marion, Thomas Heckroth of Cedar Falls and state Rep. Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque.

Incumbent Rep. Rod Blum was invited, but chose not to participate.

For more information, contact (319) 504-9376 or



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