Dear friends, as you may know, President-Elect Obama and Tom Daschle, whom he has nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services, have asked for citizens' input on reforming the health care system. They put out a call for people to have Community Health Care Discussions over the holidays. Lois Thetford and I volunteered to host one. We'd love it if you would join us, and please send this information on to others you think might be interested. We'd like to have a diverse group and lively discussion.
The meeting will be held Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Columbia City branch of the Seattle Public Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S. (at Rainier Ave. S. and S. Alaska Sts.) from 10:30 AM - 1 PM. We won't be providing refreshments, so feel free to bring your own snacks, lunch and/or beverages.
The question Lois and I came up with follows. Then I received "official" materials from the Transition Team. If you want to read their Participant Guide, which includes more specific questions, ahead of time, please contact me at moc.liamg|ecurpseulbj#moc.liamg|ecurpseulbj. We'll have our discussion and listen to people's stories and ideas and then send the feedback on to the Transition Team. Have your say - join us on the 27th!
"Based on your experiences receiving and working in health care, how can the Obama Administration design a health care system that:
- Meets people's needs for care and other services (information, support for health behavior change, care coordination, etc.)
- Is affordable and accessible
- Provides an equitable, safe, healthful place for people to work and
- Includes alternative approaches to healing and wellness?"
Lois Thetford has worked for many years as a health care practitioner and activist in community clinics and homeless shelters. She helped found the Fremont Women's Clinic and the 45th Street Clinic. She received the Jefferson Award in 2001 for her wonderful service to the community. I have worked in health care for most of my adult life in a variety of capacities (nursing, health promotion, quality improvement, physician/staff training, etc.) and have a strong interest in alternative methods of healing.
Thank you - June BlueSpruce