On April 28 we held a Virtual Forum to dissect the ways in which racism and a for-profit healthcare system have contributed to a failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Racial inequities, cuts to healthcare, and PPE shortages are crises that existed before the crisis of COVID-19. The pandemic devastates families across the country,and it ravages our most vulnerable populations. COVID-19 lays bare how we prioritize profits over people.
We heard presentations from some of the most knowledgeable activists on these topics:
PNHP's 8 needed steps in the Fight against COVID-19
Racism means COVID-19 Hits Communities of Color Especially Hard
Improved and Expanded Medicare for All is more urgent than ever
The attack on NYS's Medicaid Budget and the ongoing depletion of the public health infrastructure
Battles for Hospital Resources: Personal Protective Equipment, Medical Devices, and Adequate Staffing for a Pandemic
Claudia Fegan, MD - Physicians for a National Health Program (National)
Anthony Feliciano - Save NY Public Health Campaign
Sarah Dowd, RN - NY State Nurses Association
View the recording of the forum here
A transcript can be found here
Slides from Claudia Fegan here.
Slides from Anthony Feliciano here.
General slideshow here.
Additional reading resources can be found here
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