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Join Valley Public Radio for a new series of public forums hosted at the station's new broadcast center in Clovis. "Be Public Live" will feature panel discussions with local community leaders, moderated by Valley Public Radio's news staff, before a live audience in the station's Barmann Chaney Performance Studio. The events will be streamed live on the web and recorded for archive on KVPR.org. Our first event took place March 23rd 2017 and centers on the future of health care in the valley. Check back soon for more information on our new Be Public Live forum.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The San Joaquin Valley lacks doctors. For every 100,000 residents, the Valley has 48 primary care physicians—25 percent less than the state average of 64—and an even lower share of specialists. The supply is also short for nurse practitioners and providers who accept Medi-Cal and plans through the Affordable Care Act.

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We all know the valley doesn't have enough doctors. But why? Is the high percentage of Medi-Cal patients in the valley, and low reimbursement rates for physicians who accept them? Is it the lack of a stand-alone medical school, or not enough medical residency programs? Or is it quality of life issues like air quality and access to big city amenities keeping physicians away from communities in need?

On Thursday March 23rd 2017, Valley Public Radio hosted the first community forum in its new event series "Be Public: Live" in the station's Barmann Chaney Performance Studio.