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Forum: Fund HealthCare not Warfare – Pressing Needs for the Public’s Health and Pandemic Protection

Sat June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Healthcare Not Warfare

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.:


Forum Program:

2 PM – 5 PM:

Opening: Cole Harrison

Keynote: Heidi Hoechst – National Nurses United

Panel 1 (2:20): Large Scale Concerns (Chair: Louise Parker)

  • Single Payer /Medicare for All initiative- Michael Lighty (The Sanders Institute) 
  • Single Payer /Medicare for All initiatives- Alan Meyers
  • National public health needs- Elizabeth Sommers (BU, APHA)
  • Biomedical research/vaccines- Jonathan King (MIT)
  • Q&A

Video (3:20): Ed Markey talking about ICBM (Invest in Care Before Missiles) bill

Break (3:30)

Panel 2 (3:40): Issues Breaking in Massachusetts (Chair, Catherine DeLorey)

  • Practicing Medicine and Public Health- Deepa Soni
  • Mass Nurses Assn Priorities- Katie Murphy
  • Special needs in Communities of Color- Vonzella Bryant
  • Personal Care Assistants: a Frontline in Healthcare- Vaughn Goodwin
  • Q&A

Panel 3 (4:10): Fund Health Care Not Warfare: Coming State and Federal Legislative Battles: (Chair: Amar Ahmad)

  •  State Legislative Budgets- Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa 
  • Mass-Care Campaigns- Sandy Eaton
  • Continuing Vaccine Access- Natalia Linos
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility- Martin Fleck
  • Free The Vaccine activist group speaker- Christopher Noble
  • Q&A

Program Committee: Amar Ahmad, Catherine DeLorey, Sandy Eaton, Jonathan King, Allen Meyers, Louise Parker, Emily Downing.

Cosponsors: Mass-Care: the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, Right Care Boston, Boston Physicians for a National Health Program, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, the Waterlow Policy Workshop, the Women’s Health Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, Mission Hill Health Movement, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, Boston Democratic Socialists of America, and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility.



Sat June 5
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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