Introduction

As health care professionals we have a responsibility to support our patients and speak out against policies that would do them harm. We have the privilege to be heard when others may be ignored. This document was created by medical residents, with input from lawyers and advanced practice nurses to provide suggestions for action in response to potential changes in healthcare at the federal level, or issues pertaining to health next year. We have tried to keep our focus narrow with an audience of other health professionals in mind.

We have put our summary points first and then divided this document into sections organized by demographic group and issue (the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, attending protests and rallies). The last section, “Ways to be Heard” offers suggestions for lobbying and greater participation. For the sake of brevity, much background information that may provide context to our suggestions is included under a “More Info” section at the end of the document and we recommend taking a look.

Free on Monday night, November 21st at 9 PM EST? Consider joining the CIR/SEIU national conference call. Click here to register.

Live in Boston and want to continue the discussion? The Boston chapter of the CIR/SEIU (resident/fellow union) is holding Health Justice Subcommittee meetings: Tues 12/20 @ 6:30p at Boston Medical Center (Yawkey Basement Conf Room B) and Wed 12/21 @ 6:30p at Cambridge Health Alliance (Learning Center C/D)

A huge thank you to the more than 40 medical professionals and health advocates who were a part of this!

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SUMMARY POINTS

Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance

Reproductive Rights

LGBTQ Rights and Health Care

Trans Health Care

Responding to Hate Crimes

Immigration

Refugee health

Healthcare for individuals who use drugs:

Patients with limited English proficiency

Support People of Color 

Support Indigenous Peoples  

Support People with Disabilities:

Protests and Rallies

Ways to be Heard

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MEDICAL ADVOCACY

Rationale

President-elect Trump has called for policy changes that would negatively impact our patients:

Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance

Reproductive Rights

LGBTQ Rights and Health Care

Immigration

Refugee and Asylee Health

Health Care for People Who Use Drugs

Patients with Limited English proficiency

Support People of Color

Support Indigenous Peoples

Support People with Disabilities

Protests and Rallies

Ways to be Heard

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MORE INFORMATION

Reproductive rights:

LGBTQ+ and Trans patients:

PrEP:

Immigration

People of Color:

Protests/rallies:

Ways to be Heard:

Local Resources - By State

National Directory of Free Clinics: http://www.freeclinics.com/ 

Massachusetts:

Michigan

California:

New York:

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