Purpose:

  • To advocate for universal healthcare in the United States. The U.S.A is the only developed country that does not guarantee access to affordable health care to all its citizens.
  • To disseminate information about the blogger/author’s specific approach to providing universal health care, as described in my book, The Case for Universal Health Care. My plan is both fiscally sustainable and politically feasible.
  • To clarify information when misrepresented by opponents of universal healthcare.
  • To educate readers about how America’s health care system works, describe problems with our health care system, and how universal health care can be part of the solution to resolving these problems.

The Blogger:

David Colton is a retired health and mental health care administrator.  I worked in public psychiatric hospitals for 35 years including positions as a mental health unit administrator, medical center administrator, and quality management analyst.  For twenty-five years I held the position of adjunct professor in the health care administration program at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia, where I taught courses in health care finance and economics, strategic management, and long-term care administration.

I hold a Ph.D. in evaluation and social research methods from the University of Virginia, an M.P.A. from James Madison University, and an M.Ed. from Salisbury University.

Research interests, publications, and conference presentations have focused on quality improvement in health care and cultural change in behavioral health care organizations to reduce use of seclusion and restraint.  I developed a manual for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services providing guidance for implementing quality improvement initiatives in Virginia’s system of community mental health agencies.  I created the Checklist for Assessing Organizational Readiness to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint, which has been adopted by a number of organizations here and in Europe and translated into several languages.  I am co-author, with Robert Covert, Ph.D., of the text Designing and Constructing Instruments for Social Research and Evaluation, a Jossey-Bass publication.

Public Speaking:

I am available to speak to your organization/event/conference on the topic of universal health care.  Please contact me at the email address at the bottom of this page.

Danke, Merci beaucoup, Gracias:

A special thank you to Nancy Kalanta for setting up this website.