School of Public Health

Miller, Ostensen serve as expert panelists for ‘Movies that Matter’ program


Published: February 19, 2019

By Sally Crocker

Thad Miller Martin OstensenTwo UNTHSC School of Public Health professors – Thad Miller, DrPH, MPH, and Martin Ostensen, JD, MBA, MHA, from the SPH Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems – recently served as expert panelists to provide perspectives and commentary following a recent City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission community screening of the film Power to Heal, a documentary on Medicare and the civil rights revolution.

The City’s free Movies that Matter series is offered bi-monthly in celebration of diversity and inclusion.

The hour-long Power to Heal tells the story of the historic 1960s struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.

Panel DiscussionCentral to the documentary is the unfolding of a new national program, Medicare, which helped launch a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the U.S. within months.

Prior to Medicare, less than half of the country’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, one third of hospitals would not admit African-Americans, even for emergencies. The movie illustrates how this movement toward justice and fairness for African-Americans was achieved.

Dr. Miller and Professor Ostensen both teach in the UNTHSC Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. Ostensen serves as MHA Program Director.