This year, working families have seen an unprecedented level of attacks on everything from voting rights to civil rights to women's rights and even attacks on basic healthcare.
As a family physician, I understand how these assaults on basic healthcare can impact the most vulnerable people in our communities.
I always think back on what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said at a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights in 1966:
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
That's why this Thursday, the A. Philip Randolph Institute will host a health summit at its 43rd Annual National Education Conference, "United to Fight for Voters Rights," where participants will not only recognize the importance of health justice for all, but will also call on 500 African American labor activists from around the country to continue advancing health equity by engaging, empowering, and educating our communities.
Well-known for their significant roles in building healthcare justice, the APRI Healthcare Summit panelists include:
- Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, Pediatrician and Public Health Administrator;
- Dr. Ronald Copeland, General Surgeon and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for Kaiser Permanente; and
- Dr. Donna Christian-Christensen, Family Doctor and Congresswoman U.S. House of Representatives - US Virgin Islands
The A. Philip Randolph Institute to could not convene at a more historic time. With the Affordable Care Act recently being held up by the Supreme Court, and one of the latest provisions--access to no-cost contraception--rolling out on August 1, the members of APRI have great steps towards health justice, and are well-positioned to educate and empower working families.
APRI is committed to moving this country forward, while opponents in Congress and statehouses across the country will continue in their efforts to repeal laws, waste time, and deny common-sense healthcare and fairness.
This election year, we have to be united in our fight to move the nation forward. This means robust defense and implementation of Affordable Care Act, and re-electing our health care champion, President Barack Obama.
Our justice, our health, our fight, our future.