Author and Expert: Dr. Ogbonna-McGruder

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HeathCare USA Series

 The History of Health-Care in America to the creation of The Affordable Care Act

Author/Expert in the Health-Care Industry


Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder
Associate Professor of Public Management/Criminal Justice

Dr. Ogbonna-McGruder is the special on The Housing Hour. We continue a discussion on Health Care in America and it’s history. Her soon to be released book, A Different Perspective on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provides a brief history of health insurance within the United States, offering an accessible perspective on the highly contentious Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This book traces the political and financial conditions, from Roosevelt to President Obama, that led to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder has held various positions within both private and public health care industries including research positions at Vanderbilt and Vectors/Arbovirus Research division under the auspices of World Health Organization. In 2001, she served as bioterrorism epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. She is the author of TennCare and Disproportionate Share Hospitals and the main author of the 2009 book, Voices from the Inside. Dr. Ogbonna is currently a professor in the Department of Public Management and Criminal Justice at Austin Peay State University.

TennCare and Disproportionate Share Hospitals – TennCare was developed in Tennessee as a bold healthcare reform strategy that would simultaneously contain rapidly rising Medicaid costs while expanding insurance for a large, uninsured Tennessee population. Read about the history of TennCare: