Drs. Saxe & Bohmfalk made virtual presentations on “The Pandemic, Health Inequities and Reckoning with Racism,” with overviews of Medicare for All and how it might mitigate those inequities. In January they spoke to the Charlotte Mecklenburg League of Women Voters. In June they addressed the staff of the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Atrium Hospital System Pediatric Residents.
On Feb 10 Board members Royce Wolfe, Jessica Saxe & George Bohmfalk had a productive discussion with Rep. Adams, her healthcare legislative aide, and Charlotte office director. Rep. Adams has agreed to be an original cosponsor of the new Medicare for All bill to be introduced soon. We encouraged her also to support other healthcare bills and to mention her support on her website.
On Feb 4, Dr.Bohmfalk gave a Zoom talk on "Medicare for All 101" to medical students at the East Tennessee med school in Johnson City.
On Nov 12, Dr. Don Berwick, former CMS Director in the Obama administration, gave a Zoom presentation on health disparities, sponsored by the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group.
On Oct 2, Dr. Bohmfalk gave a virtual Medicare for All update to members of the Mecklenburg South Rotary Club, having spoken to this group 3 years ago.
On July 21 Drs. Saxe and Pressly Gilbert spoke via Zoom to 100 members of the Charlotte Rotary Club on how Medicare for All could have helped with the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 6 Dr. Saxe and UNCC chapter president Chiamaka Okonkwo participated in a discussion of Racism and Health Care with the church's weekly Anti-racism Small Group.
On June 25 Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe participated in a panel discussion on how the pandemic is further revealing the shortcomings of our healthcare system, barriers to healthcare in the COVID-era and the work required to dismantle them.
On May 6, Dr. George Bohmfalk gave a Medicare for All presentation via Zoom to members of the Duke Medical School's Students for a National Health Program chapter. We're all locked down but still happy to share how Medicare for All can solve so many problems.
On Feb 26, our Queens Univ. student chapter showed Power to Heal, a powerful 60-min documentary describing how Medicare led to hospital integration in 1965. HCJ-NC physician members led a discussion afterward.
And there was pizza!
On Mar 2, the day before Super Tuesday, Medicare for All supporters stood in solidarity with Charlotte city and county employees to point out how Medicare for All will provide better coverage at lower cost for both employees and government. HCJ-North Carolina Board chair Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe and Board members Tera Long and Dr. George Bohmfalk spoke to the need for Medicare for All for union workers and everyone else.
On Feb 13 students at Davidson College showed FixIt, the 40-min documentary that makes the business case for Medicare for All. A panel of our physician and other expert members took questions from the very engaged audience, for whom healthcare is a critical issue.