The healthcare, public health and pandemic prevention sectors remain very diverse, often somewhat siloed. Hospital physicians, hospital staffs, hospital nurses; nursing home staffs; local public health authorities; biomedical researchers; biotech staffs; personal care attendants; patients in the different facilities; diverse communities suffering higher levels of infection.
Their political goals are often diverse; thus, the struggle for Medicare for All doesn’t directly address nursing concerns for staffing limits; the effort to get Chelsea residents vaccinated doesn’t deal with their inability to access healthcare if they do get sick.
It seems clear that strengthening the state and the nation’s Public Health Infrastructure would lift most boats.
Bringing some of these advocates together doesn’t solve the problems, but could help in mapping out some of the coming struggles, both in the State Legislature, City Councils, and even Congress:
The Forum below is an effort to find common ground among diverse constituencies advocating improved and expanded public health and healthcare, financed in part by cutting the bloated Pentagon budget.:
2pm – 5 pm:
Opening: National Nurses United Officer(invited)
Panel 1: Large Scale Concerns (Chair: Louise Parker)
The Lancet Report – Dr. Adam Gaffney (PNHP) (invited)
Single Payer /Medicare for All initiatives – Dr. Alan Meyer.
National public health needs – Elizabeth Sommers (BU, APHA)
Biomedical research/vaccines: Prof. Jonathan King (MIT)
Video: Ed Markey talking about ICBM (Invest in Care Before Missiles) bill (invited)
Panel 2: Issues Breaking in Massachusetts: Chair, Catherine DeLorey.;
Mass Public Health Assn Priorities: Maddy Gilbert (Invited)
Mass league of Community Health Centers: (TBA)
Mass Nurses Assn Priorities – Katie Murphy,Pres (invited)
Special needs in Communities of Color- Dr. Vonzella Bryant (Invited)
Panel 3: Fund Health Care Not Warfare: Coming State and Federal L