Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Ethics and Policy Studies

First Committee Member

Craig Walton

Number of Pages



Health care policymaking has been largely a closed system in which policymaking experts, special interest groups, and politicians have joined forces to decide what was best for the health care of the American people. This system has been shortsighted leading to severe long-range consequences on society; These critical forms of social consequence warrant this study of health care planning. Specifically, an analysis of a citizen-based grassroots venture, known as "Community Health Decisions," provides us a description of a civic participation movement into the health care political arena; It would appear that with the conclusions of this author, we might learn more from the declared values on health care by the individual citizens than from a governmental body of elites who may be overly biased by outside pressures and perhaps far removed from representing the values of the people they should serve. The study focuses on the health care crisis of the 1990s and the bioethical issues that are emerging from that crisis.


Analysis; Care; Citizens; Community; Decisions; Grassroots; Health; Issues; Participation; Policy; Prioritization

Controlled Subject

Public health; Public policy; Public administration

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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