Vital Signs graphicWanting to make the health care system more effective, equitable and affordable is a goal we all share — patients and caregivers; physicians and other providers; hospitals and health insurers.

If you’re interested in learning what’s being done at hospitals, research institutions, universities, health insurance companies and other organizations to improve health care quality, access and cost in the U.S., register to attend these free Health Care Forum Series events:

Now in its second year, the series is hosted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and sponsored by Highmark.

At each forum, moderated by Post-Gazette executive editor David Shribman, you’ll hear presentations and perspectives from distinguished panelists in different fields.

When you register online, you can submit a question to the panelists to answer at the event. Use the hashtag #PGHealthToday to tweet your comments on health care issues and to share insights from the forum.

A special section appeared in the print version of the Post-Gazette on Sunday, Sept. 20, “Vital Signs: The State of Health Care Today,” and provides an overview of all three forum topics. An online version will include a full-length video of each Forum session, short Q&A videos with Forum panelists, and a range of related content.

We’ll also be posting Health Care Forum Series articles here on the Highmark blog, including exclusive interviews with panelists.