“What’s Up in NYC?” Archive


Wednesday, September 26th, 6:15PM

Film Showing: The Waiting Room
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, NYC.

A film about the crisis in America’s public hospitals. The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with
director Pete Nicks and moderated by Jill Furillo, RN, national bargaining director of National Nurses United.
You can view the trailer here.


Tuesday, October 2nd, 6PM
PHNP-NY Health Reform Study Group
The Coming of Big Med

Dept. of Medicine Conference Room at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, 114th St. and Amsterdam Ave. (enter on the south side of 114th St. near Amsterdam)

We’ll discuss the new technologically-oriented, corporate-controlled medicine and its impact on doctors and patients. We will use Atul Gawande’s recent article in The New Yorker and an interview with a corporate leader in this movement as the starting point for our discussion.

What does it mean to enforce what is deemed to be evidence-based practice through new technological oversight? What happens to the practice of medicine in this environment? What happens to patients?

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Eliminating Health Disparities in NYC: Resident Roles and Community Solutions
CIR Office
520 8th Ave, Suite 1200, Midtown Manhattan

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York faces unique challenges in treating all of its communities. Join us for a dinner and forum with physicians and public health experts to discuss how residents can play a critical role in bridging gaps in quality healthcare by building a more diverse physician body and promoting housestaff-led initiatives.

Friday, October 5 @ 7PM
Doctors for America present the opening night of:
Escape Fire
AMC Loews Village 7 Theater
66 3rd Avenue (at East 11th Street)

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken medical system? After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative and low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our costly system is finally gaining ground. The film follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.

Wednesday. Oct. 10, 2PM

“Are Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in Danger?”
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rd. in Manhasset

This forum featuring will feature Mark Hannay (Metro NY Health Care for All) and is sponsored by Reach Out . Call 516-484-5227 for more information.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:30 PM
PNHP Monthy Forum:
Dean Baker, PhD. Threats to Medicare: The Election and Lame Duck Congress
Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St.) 2nd Floor Auditorium

The structure of Medicare may be put at serious risk following the election. Governor Romney has explicitly called for turning it into a voucher program. If President Obama is re-elected, there are also major risks to the program, some of which may arise as early as the lame duck Congressional session in the fall, if there is an effort to reach a “grand bargain” on the deficit.

One of the most widely read economists of our generation, Dr. Baker is frequently cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian Unlimited (UK), The Huffington Post and TruthOut. The forum at 7:30PM will be followed at 9PM by the Presidental DebateWatch

Thursday, October 18, 5:30 PM
White Coat and Scrubs Rally:
Tell Romney and Obama in Person: Protect and Expand Medicare!
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue @ E. 50th St.

When Paul Ryan was picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate back in August, Medicare was pushed to center stage as the main issue of the elections. Ryan is the architect of the plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program–a move that would end the popular and efficient public program as we know it and jeopardize the health of close to 50 million elderly and disabled Americans. While most Democrats oppose this proposal, they have their own plans to drastically cut Medicare and Social Security if they enter into an anticipated “grand bargain” on the deficit.
Serious threats to Medicare are coming from both major political parties.

Mitt Romney and President Obama will be in New York City on Thursday, October 18, for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner. Let’s not miss this opportunity to tell them and the press: doctors, nurses and patients demand their commitment to protect, instead of destroy, Medicare. And we want it improved and expanded to everyone.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30PM
Dr. Alexis Benos: The Political and Humanitarian Crisis in Greece
New York University
19 University Place at 8th Street, Room 102

Dr. Alexis Benos is a physician trained in Internal Medicine who discovered (in his own words) the impasse of the treat the individual approach. He is Professor of Social Medicine and Primary Health Care at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is on the National Coordinating Committee of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and was a SYRIZA electoral candidate.

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00PM
CUNY School of Public Health

Beat Ringger: Swiss labor movement activist and founder of Zurich’s progressive think tank, the Think Network, will present his critique of the Swiss health care system

2180 Third Avenue
East Harlem

 November/ 2012

“A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health can Revive Our Democracy”
Author Dr Ryan Meili in conversation with Dr Betsy Rosenthal of Physicians for a National Health Plan
Bluestocking Bookstore, Café and Activist Centre
170 Allen Street, New York

There’s more to health than the medical system – there’s democracy and social justice! Dr. Ryan Meili argues that health delivery too often focuses on treatment of immediate causes and ignores more fundamental conditions that lead to poor health in the first place. He explores how income, education, employment and other factors make the difference in our health.

Dr. Meili’s new book, A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health can Revive Canadian Democracy, brings the issues alive with real-life stories drawn from his experiences working as a doctor in inner-city Canada and rural communities in Mozambique and Saskatchewan.

When’s the last time the doctor ordered more democracy? Join us as Dr. Meili calls for democratic reforms that could help reshape the way we organize ourselves to create a truly healthy society. Copies of A Healthy Society will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Council of Canadians and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. More information on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/361892080567821/

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