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Open Letter to Governor Baker and MA Legislature - 12.2020
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December 22, 2020

Open Letter to Governor Baker and Massachusetts Legislators Demanding a Comprehensive Response to the Second Surge

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Massachusetts COVID cases are at alarming and unprecedented levels, 70% higher than their peak last April. But Governor Baker refuses to take the substantive steps needed to curb infection rates, despite repeated warnings of the Center for Disease Control, public health experts, and elected officials.

While many set hopes on the COVID-19 vaccine to return to normalcy, experts warn that control of the COVID-19 infection rates and increased testing remain essential to ending the pandemic. Meanwhile, ten months into the pandemic, availability and accessibility of testing is insufficient, workplace protections are lacking, 100,000 households face risk of eviction, and local public health departments are egregiously underfunded.

The most recent action from the administration is grossly insufficient, allowing high-risk activities such as indoor dining to continue even as the state opens field hospitals and tells sick residents to delay needed medical treatments. The governor and the legislature have also failed to take steps to ensure all residents are able to follow the state's public health guidance, such as passing comprehensive housing stability legislation, paid emergency sick leave, and providing support to small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19 related closures.  

Massachusetts residents, on the other hand, overwhelmingly support pandemic restrictions. We, the undersigned, call on Governor Baker, Secretary Sudders, and the Legislature to take immediate action to prevent more avoidable loss of life and illness.  

Organizational Signatories:

The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Massachusetts Nurses Association

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Mass Families Organizing For Change

Center for Public Representation

Dingman Allison Architects

MA Councils on Aging

COVID Action Group

Radius Event Design

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Community Action Agency of Somerville

Brazilian Women's Group

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Art of the Event

Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network

Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association

Disability Policy Consortium

Our Revolution - Massachusetts

Rian Immigrant Center 

Massachusetts Peace Action

National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter

City Mission - Boston

Individual Signatories:

Lara Jirmanus, MD, Primary Care Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Jessica Landau-Taylor, Medical Student, BUSM, Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Vanessa Urhiafe, MPH, Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Noel Sanders, Project Organizer, Boston Community Health Initiative

Cathy Costanzo, Executive Director, Center for Public Representation

Alex Schwartz, Litigation Fellow, Center for Public Representation

Ellen Leigh, Disability Rights Advocate, Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association

Mary Jirmanus, Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Julia Koehler, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Michael Mina, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Representative Mike Connolly, of Somerville and Cambridge

Katie Murphy, MSN, RN, President, Massachusetts Nurses Association

Regina LaRocque, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Avik Chatterjee, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

A. Mansa Semenya, MD MPH, Clinical Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine, Dept. Of Family Medicine

Lana Habash, MD, Family Physician, Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity

Kathe Miller, MD, Harvard Medical School

Rose Molina, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Caren Solomon, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Sunny Kung, MD, Internal Medicine Resident Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Rebekah Rollston, MD, MPH, Family Medicine Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

Betsy Katz MPH, Project Coordinator, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Andrew Glick, MD MPH,Resident Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Sarah Swettberg, EdM, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner, Cambridge Health Alliance

Ellen Forman, LICSW, Social Worker, Mass General Hospital (for identification purposes only)

Jaclyn French LICSW, Clinical social worker, BIDMC

Martha C. Sola-Visner, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Jaime Lederer, MSW, MPH, Cambridge Health Alliance

Dra. Elisa Tristan-Cheever, MPH, Clinical Liaison, Cambridge Health Alliance

Laura McNulty, MPH, MSW, Community & Population Health Epidemiologist, Cambridge Health Alliance

Persephone Crittenden, PsyD, Neuropsychology fellow, Cambridge Health Alliance/HMS

Melanie J Brunt MD, MPH, physician, Chief of Endocrinology, Cambridge Health Alliance

Mary Lou Crimmins, Concerned Citizen

Cindy Chen, MD, Physician, Primary Care, Cambridge Health Alliance

Karen Klein MD, Chief, Copley Pediatrics, Atrius Health, Atrius Health

Jaclyn French, LICSW, Clinical social worker, BIDMC

Rebecca Hillel, PsyD, Psychology postdoctoral fellow, Cambridge Health Alliance

Christa Sharma, LICSW, Social Worker

Sarah Matathia MD MPH, Physician / Assistant Medical Director Medicaid ACO Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts General Brigham

Katherine Cicolello, MD, Psychiatry Resident, Cambridge Health Alliance

Jack Beinashowitz, PhD, Psychologist, Cambridge Health Alliance

Orest Hurko, M.D., Physician, Self-employed

Christa Sharma, LICSW, Social worker

Eduardo Siqueira, Associate Professor, UMass Boston

Emily Unger, MD/PhD candidate in social epidemiology, Harvard Medical School/Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Rebecca Rogers, MD, Primary Care Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Juliana E. Morris, MD, EdM, Massachusetts General Hospital - Chelsea

Radhika Jain MD, Resident Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Susan Yanow LICSW, Consultant, SY Consulting

Cecilia G Hampson, PA-S, Physician Assistant student, Northeastern University

Aiham Korbage, MD, Radiologist, Lowell General Hospital

Jim Recht, MD, Assistant Prof. of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance - Harvard Medical School

Rachael Hazen, EMT

Aiham Korbage, MD, Radiologist, Lowell General Hospital

Sarah Feldman MD MPH

Swapna Chatterjee

Sonia Lipson FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neponset Health Center

Elizabeth W. Patton MD, Physician, Boston Medical Center

Karen Jacobson, MD, MPH, Assoc Prof of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center

Hugo Aparicio, MD, MPH

Jenny Siegel, MD, Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine

Joshua Barocas, MD, Infectious Diseases Physician, Boston Medical Center

Carolyn Arnold, Resident Physician, Boston Medical Center

Nabil A. Khan, CRAA, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Stephanie Aines, Director of Organizing, Lown Institute

Mary Ann Kopydlowski RN, RN homeless health care

Phoebe Olhava, M.D., Radiologist

Linda Swain

Ellen Resnik M.A., LMHC, Clinician, Brookline Counseling & Mediation

Marilyn Augustyn MD, Pediatrician

Wesley Chou, Medical student, Harvard Medical School

Brita Lundberg, M.D., Core lead, Detect and Protect, COVID-19 Action Coalition

Koushik Chatterjee

Amy Mah Sangiolo, Former Newton City Councilor, Ward 4 At-Large, City of Newton

Susan Mirsky, MAPA

Kirstin Beal, Massachusetts Resident, Unemployeed since March due to COVID

Judy Wolberg, Retired Nurse Midwife and volunteer immigrant advocate

Sarah Allen DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Critical Care Specialist

Lael Greenstein MD, Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Kevin Dickert

Alexandra Richardson

Alex Pirie, Coordinator, Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health

Emily Hanson, PA-C, primary care Physician Assistant, Cambridge Health Alliance

Shannon Hogan, MD, MPH, Family Medicine Resident, Cambridge Health Alliance

Catherine A Rich, MD

Swapna Chatterjee

Bari Brodsky MD, Primary care physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Dorothy Anderson

Jaclyn French LICSW, Clinical social worker, BIDMC

Kathryn Boger, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Koolsbergen

Yannick Monteiro

Mandy Belfort, MD MPH, Neonatologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Zoe Weinstein, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University/Boston Medical Center

Ryan Hazen, EMT

Sara Meibom, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, Boston University

Sarah Bayer, LICSW

Brendan Hart, intern, Boston Community Health Initiative

Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, Founder and President, New England Complex Systems Institute

Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH, Case Investigator, Partners in Health

Chrystel Murrieta Ruiz, MPH, Mijente

Laboni Hoque, BA, M1 at Harvard Medical School

Hannah Mason, MSW, LCSW, Clinical social worker, Cambridge Health Alliance

Greta Fox, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Health Advisor

Helen Gibbons

Audrey Li, MD, Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Eirini Iliaki, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance

Claire Paduano MD, Primary Care Physician, Manet Community Health Center

My Ngoc To, Clinical research coordinator, Cambridge health alliance

Heather Carroll, LICSW, Social Work Supervisor, Cambridge Health Alliance

Susan Mirsky, Massachusetts Peace Action

Derrick VanGennep, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, New England Complex Systems Institute

Carolyn Koulouris MD, Primary Care Doctor

Mark Eisenberg MD, Asst Prof of Medicine, Harvard Medical school, MGH

Julia Koehler, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist, MCHE

Elizabeth Egan, MPH, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Boston Medical Center

Lara Versari

Karl Tetsuya Koessel

Sarah Primeau, MSW, MPH

Anna Leslie, MPH

Lorky Libaridian, MD, Physician, Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance

Susan Massad, Professor, Food & Nutrition, Framingham State University

Eirini Iliaki, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance

Julio Mazul, Physician/Medical Director OB/GYN, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Lena Papadakis, Clinical Research Intern, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jo Henderson-Frost, MD, Physician, MGH

Monik Jimenez, ScD, Associate Epidemiologist/Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jame Mobius, Handyman, son of an MD, sibling of an RNP

Rachel Mott Keis MD, Physician/Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at BUMC, Boston Medical Center

Pablo Buitron de la Vega, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Jean Hangarter

Tejumola Adegoke MD MPH, Assistant Professor, OB/GYN, Boston University School of Medicine/ Boston Medical Center

Lisa Dobberteen MD, pediatrician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Maria Muti

Erin Syverson, MD

Laura Hagopian, MD, Emergency Physician

Lauren LaGreg, MD, Pediatrician, Atrius Health

Alan Papscun

Leigh Simmons, Primary Care Physician, Mass General Hospital

Adam Haber, Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sonia Lipson, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neponset Health Center

Beth Rosenberg ScD, MPH, Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Heather Finlay-Morreale, MD, Asst Prof Pediatrics

Bram Wispelwey, MD MS MPH, Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Suzanne Bertisch, MD MPH, Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Vanpat Pensuwan, MD, Family Medicine Resident Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Allison Mariani, MD, Pediatric hospitalist

Ruth Economou, Social Worker LICSW, Boston Childrens Hospital

Chas Griffin

Simona Kaplan, PhD,        Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge Health Alliance        

Lisa Kim, Associate Director, Programs and Engagement, Cambridge Health Alliance

Jodi Dana Hoffman, Medical Geneticist, Boston Medical Center

Karin Leschly, MD, Boston Medical Center        

Tania Erlij, MSW

Sara Rourke, MD, Director of Medicine/Faculty, Northfield Mount Hermon, Northfield, MA        

Ellen Golub, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Salem State University

Alan Papscun                

Andee Krasner, MPH, Program Manager, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

Pamela Adelstein MD, Physician, Codman Square Health Center

Kate Byrne, MS,RN                

Austin Wertheimer, MD,Planning Committee, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

Anne Wheelock, MSW                

Nancy B Finn,        President, Communication Resources

Talia Grossman, Speech therapist, Lexington Public Schools

Rachel Berkowitz, Optometrist        

Danielle Smith                

Omar Wahid, MD,Physician,        Cambridge Health Alliance

Naomi Shira Bilmes, High school teacher        

Sally Graham

Sally Swihart                

Rebecca Gilbert        

Amy Hien                

Aaron Glieberman, PhD                

Kara Hurvitz, JD, MSW                

Liz Brenner, Director, Therapy Training Boston        

Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S - Speech-Language Pathologist /Dysphagia Specialist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Roberta Leviton, Ph.D.                

Lisa Barondes, MSW, LICSW

Daniel Willis                

Judith Goldberger, RN, Staff nurse, Boston Medical Center (for identification purposes only)

Shela Sridhar, MD, MPH , Physician        

Jonathan Bressler, MS, Epidemiologist        

Shadaab Kazi,  Medical Student, Harvard Medical School

Josephine Fisher, MD MPP,Resident Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Genevieve Daftary, MD MPH, Pediatric Medical Director, Codman Square Health Center           Yelizaveta Dimant,, LICSW, Complex Care Manager, Cambridge Health Alliance              

Desiree Hartman, Program Coordinator, Boston Medical Center

Katherine Boyle, MD, Attending physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ciara Wels, Family Care Partner, Cambridge Health Alliance

Naomi Bar-Yam MSW, Ph.D. , Executive Director, Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast

Lisa Kim, Cambridge Health Alliance,

Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Communications, Covid-19 Action Coalition              

Kathleen O'Brien, MA, Manager of Population Health Initiatives, Cambridge Health Alliance                        Samuel D Slavin, Cardiology Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital        

Henry H. Wortis, MD, Co-Chair, Our Revolution, Massachusetts

Marissa Jeanne Smit,

Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School  

Rebecca Rogers, MD, Primary Care Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance            

Ronnie Millar, Executive Director, Rian Immigrant Center              

Noah Beit-Aharon

Jasleen Kaur, MD, Primary Care Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance

Kevin Heaton                 

Gabrielle Kis Bromberg, MD, Hospital Medicine Attending, Massachusetts General Hospital          John Sanbonmatsu, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,

Robin Bergman/ Robin Originals, Sole Proprietor of small business, Concord and Arlington

Denise Zwahlen, PA, MPH, Physician Assistant, Doctors for Global Health,  Codman Square Health Center

Radhika Jain, MD, Resident Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Sarah Keyes, LICSW, Cambridge Health Alliance

Phoebe Olhava, MD,

Alan Matthews, CRNA               

Teresa Marzilli, Graduate Student, Boston College

Russell Selvitella

Tracy Mack                                

Jake Fox, MD, MPH, Resident Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital              

Louise B. Popkin, Retired professor of Spanish, Literary Translator                                       

Leah Netsky, Freelance & Fine Art Photographer

Cole Harrison, Executive Director, Massachusetts Peace Action

Lily Gage, MD, Resident Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance        

Noël Schutz, LCSW, Membership and Advocacy Manager, National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter                

Eliza Colpak                   

Amy Goldstein, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist  

Nathan Persampieri Disabillity Rights Advocate, Student at MassBay Community College         

Andrea Papa

June Cooper, Executive Director, City Mission - Boston

Faisal Halabeya, Student, Boston University              

Valerie O'Brien, RN, Preschool and Special Education School Nurse           

Melanie Brown, TMM Arlington Precinct 19, Arlington Human Rights Commission         

Craig Jackson, retired teacher, AFT

Julie Chan, Student, Northeastern University