Since 1987, Physicians for a National Health Program has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. A large part of our work involves educating health professionals, and others, about the benefits of a single-payer system - including fewer administrative costs and providing comprehensive health insurance for all residents of the United States.
Next Monthly Meeting Sept 16th
The PNHPWW Board decided to not have monthly meetings in July and August and make some changes to the venue and format. Our next meeting will be in Room C of the South East Conference Center (first floor in the James Tower, down the hall to the right of the Starbucks booth). The ability to have participants around a square of tables was felt to be more conducive to discussion. Also, we’ll start at 7:30pm that should make travel easier
Medicare 50th and Social Security 80th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday, August 8th, Westlake Park, Seattle
PNHPWW's table at the celebration
Click on Image to watch PNHPWW's Dr. Hugh's Foy's remarks
PNHPWW September 16th Monthy Meeting
"Healthcare and the Homeless in King County”
Master of Social Work Student, UW
Ms. Koop is Founder of University District Street Medicine, a collaborative group initiative between the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Physical Therapy that seeks to identify health problems within the homeless community through direct engagement, works proactively to promote health, and connect folks with treatment through its community connections. She is formerly homeless.
Wednesday, September 16th, 7:30pm
Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus
SouthEast Conference Center, Room C (directions)
University District Street Medicine (UDSM) is a student organization with members from the UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Physical Therapy. It seeks to identify health problems within the homeless community through direct engagement, working proactively to promote health, and connect folks with treatment through its community connections.
A current focus of UDSM is connecting with homeless individuals to identify hypertension and creatively work to figure out how this may be managed on the street. For this reason, UDSM is searching for donations of inexpensive blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes to allow us to help identify hypertensive individuals. If you can donate such equipment, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
PNHPWW June 17th Monthy Meeting
"Global Health Strategies Benefitting our Local Communities"
Adam Taylor, Executive Director, Global to Local
Our speaker was Adam Taylor, Executive Director of Global to Local. He is a great speaker & gave a very effective and interesting presentation about some important work going on in our community over the past five years. We all need to get up to speed about G2L’s accomplishments and possibilities. The discussion was also right on. G2L was created through a partnership between HealthPoint, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Swedish Health Services, the Washington Global Health Alliance and the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila. It builds on the expertise of Washington State's global health institutions to bring strategies that have proven effective in developing countries to underserved communities in the United States. Please take a look at the meeting summary.
Click here for June Meeting-Monthly Report - .doc - pdf
PNHPWW May 20th Monthy Meeting “Single Payer Legislation in Oregon"
Click on the above photos of each speaker to watch the speaker's presentations - Thanks to Mike McCormick of HotPotatoMedia
Listen to the Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interview with Mike McCormick on "Mind over Matters" of KEXP 93.3fm - 3-28-15
We were very honored to be able to present a valuable weekend of learning from experts about strategies of the grassroots organizing that is indispensible as we move forward to counter the corporate influences that affect all of our lives. The many social justice issues are all intertwined and we need the support of all of those affected to create a "movement of movements" to reach the place where we need to be to truly achieve social justice, including health care for all.
Margaret Flowers, MD, longtime leader and hero in the single-payer health justice advocacy movement, and many other social justice causes, was our keynote speaker. She is a pediatrician who stopped her clinical practice to devote full time to advocacy. She devotes a significant amount of her time working on single-payer health care reform. In addition to her activity as co-chair of the Maryland chapter of PNHP and national board advisor for PNHP, Dr. Flowers is on the board of Healthcare-Now!, a leader in Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland, and on the steering committee of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care. Along with Kevin Zeese, who was also be here for the weekend events, she is co-founder and co-editor of Popular Resistance, a very valuable resource for keeping in touch with social justice advocates and events across the country and the world. They provide lots of leadership advocating for net neutrality, against implementation of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, and against big oil, fracking, coal pipelines, oil trains and more.
James Haslam is Executive Director of the Vermont Workers Center in Burlington, Vermont. Vermont single-payer advocates, led by the Workers Center, have been working very hard over the last few years to implement an innovative health care plan that would cover every Vermont resident - Green Mountain Care. Unfortunately, the plan is in limbo now as Governor Shumlin failed to present a promised financing plan to the Legislature for further action. James described the continuing efforts to move the plan forward.
Kshama Sawant, PhD, is a Seattle City Council Member well known for her leadership in advocacy for many social justice issues. She was instrumental in passing Seattle's ground breaking $15/hour minimum wage last year. A member and leader of Socialist Alternative, "As a City Councilmember, I am using my position to help build, unite, and give political voice to the struggles of low-paid workers, youth, people of color, and all those who are shut out by the political machine tailored to protect the interests of the big corporations and the wealthy elite." In her City Council role, she works for affordable housing and transportation, labor rights, equitable taxes, and civil rights issues. She strongly supports the human right to health care. Kshama was our keynote speaker last year and we are honored that she has agreed to return again this year as we focus on organizing the grassroots, of which she has enormous expertise and an envious track record.
SNaHP-WA hosted a meeting for Health Sciences students with James, Margaret and Kevin on Friday afternoon, March 27th
The 2015 PNHPWW John Geyman Award was presented to the Vermont Workers Center for their leadership in the campaign to achieve universal health care in Vermont. Dr. Geyman presented the award to James Haslam, Executive Director.
Photo - Susan Fried
Seattle musician/songwriter Jim Page performed the inaugural performance of "One Step at a Time," his new song on health and social justice, written for our APM. Jim made a video recording at Mark Hickling's studio you can watch (see below).
Photo - Susan Fried
On Sunday, there was a two hour strategy session with James, Margaret, and Kevin
Download the 2015 APM March Monthly Report - .doc - pdf
Jim Page writes and performs two new song on health care
One Step at a Time
Can't Afford to get Sick
Click on images to watch video performances
New Students for a National Health Program at University of Washington
Students for a National Health Program at the University of Washington (SNaHP-UW) brings the movement for universal healthcare through a national single-payer system to campus. SNaHP-UW seeks to educate and organize undergraduate and graduate students from health science, law, economics, political science, and beyond to add their voices to the growing chorus of healthcare professionals and students calling for healthcare for all.
PNHPWW member Mark Hickling has produced a 12 minute video describing the US health care system and those of other developed nations in a down-to-earth way that we can use in our advocacy with friends and family. This video is great for opening a meeting or houseparty.
PNHPWW November 19th Monthly Meeting - "Inequality and its Impact on the Health of Societies" - by Stephen Bezruchka, MD, PHD
Video of the meeting - http://youtu.be/uCZk2McMTlc
Report - Word.doc - PDF
For the latest news on health reform legislation - check PNHP articles of interest and opinion - or research a topic by clicking on the Google Custom Search image below:
The PNHPWW Lending Library
We are in the process of building a lending library with members' and supporters' books and DVD's. If you are willing to lend one or more of your books or DVD's, please send the title and author to email@example.com. We will guarantee your book will be replaced, if lost. To review the books - click on the shelf image
If you would like to borrow a book, you will can pick it up at a monthly meeting or pay for postage. Order it through the link on the library pages"
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These slides are the latest sets from the PNHP Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The classic sets have been updated. Pick and chose to design slide shows for various audiences and presentation settings.
John Geyman, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has spent 25 years in academic family medicine. He is Past President of Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) and a PNHPWW Board member. John has now written 10 books that are indespensible for understanding the roots of our health care crisis, its current condition, and what must be done to achieve a just and sustainable replacement.
"Dr. John Geyman's Health Care Wars is a tour de force—replete with facts that are organized for reader understanding and civic arousal. Citing irrefutable evidence from unrebutted studies, in properly enraging detail about lost lives and plundered family budgets, Dr. Geyman lays down the steps needed to replace corporatized, wasteful, corrupt health sales with full Medicare for all, containing incentives for prevention, cost control and the rise of honest, competent health care as if people matter first.
.... Health Care Wars is a remarkably comprehensive, contextual and action-driven book with some marvelously insightful cartoons which show that in humor there it truth."
Health Care Wars
228 Pages / $18.95
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