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NMSU CLABS event: Guest speaker to talk healthcare privatization

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies and Department of Public Health Sciences will present a talk by anthropologist Jessica Mulligan. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

In her talk, Mulligan will discuss the effects of privatizing the Medicare and Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico. She will share some of the ethnographic findings from her new book, ?Unmanageable Care: An Ethnography of Health Care Privatization in Puerto Rico.?

?Jessica Mulligan brings an important anthropological perspective to issues of health care policy that are central to not only Puerto Rican debates about how health care should be managed, but also to current United States experience with health care reform through the Affordable Care Act,? said Mary Alice Scott, anthropology assistant professor in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. ?We have a unique opportunity in this talk to engage with Dr. Mulligan?s careful research, which allows us to see inside a system that is often difficult to access and understand.?

Mulligan is an assistant professor at Providence College in Rhode Island.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anja Hansen at anjah@nmsu.edu.