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Healthcare Needs in the Pandemic: Fund Healthcare not Warfare
Sun September 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
September 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Across the nation millions of healthcare workers are under great stress and direct danger, desparately in need of of increased resources, investment and income. Hundreds of articles, interviews, webinars and broadcasts call attention to the nation’s failure to properly invest in the healthcare and public health systems. But silence on the diversion of trillions of taxpayers’ dollars to the war machine continues.
The covid pandemic has highlighted existing societal issues regarding access to healthcare, income inequality, racial inequities, and a poorly-equipped public health system. It is clear, we need increased funding for public health and healthcare needs. Join us on September 27th as we discuss healthcare/public health priorities with those on the front lines of healthcare delivery in Massachusetts, as well as experts in mental health and public health. Register here to receive video and phone codes.
Carlene Pavlos is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), a statewide, non-profit organization that champions public health in Massachusetts. MPHA focuses on policies that promote racial justice and health equity by addressing the social conditions that create health and wellness. Carlene worked at the Department of Public Health for nearly 20 years. Prior to the COVID pandemic, she had been volunteering “going behind the walls” at Framingham State Prison, concerned for the health and safety of imprisoned women.
Vaughn Goodwin, senior organizer with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, where he is responsible for organizing and developing leaders in Homecare in the Metro-Boston Area. These are workers who care for seniors and people with disabilities within their homes.
Jerald Ross, MHSA, is the former Executive Director (retired) of Cornerstone, Inc., a community mental health center in New Haven, CT and past president of the Connecticut Association of Mental Health Residential Services. He currently serves as Secretary of Mass Peace Action Nuclear Disarmament Working Group and Treasurer of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.
Kea van der Ziel, MD, is a retired OBGYN. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is a Town Meeting member in Brookline, Massachusetts and a member of the Commission for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations in Brookline. She is also a member of the Board of Brookline Quezalquague Sister City Project, helping to initiate and staff public health projects in that community. Recently, Dr. van der Ziel has been working mainly on the issue of nuclear weapons abolition.