HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Thursday, April 1, 2004

HEALTH CARE EVENTS SCHEDULED

* New Web-Based Health and Budget Advocacy Calendar

* Community Forums on Hospital Care

* State Town Hall Meetings on Budget Cuts

* Strategy Session for Advocates of Uninsured

NEW HEALTH AND BUDGET ADVOCACY CALENDAR

The Health and Budget Advocacy Calendar has now been put on the web! The

calendar is available at the Health Access website, at

http://www.health-access.org/calendar.htm. It has been newly-updated with

information on a full range of events of interest to health and budget

advocates. Hopefully, this new format will be more useful to advocates as a

way to better coordinate activities, prevent conflicts in scheduling, and

encourage greater participation in this movement. We welcome any feedback.

Below is information on a couple of community forums and town halls of

interest.

COMMUNITY FORUMS: “NEW DIRECTIONS FOR HOSPITAL CARE”

Health advocates are invited, on THURSDAY, APRIL 1st, from 6:00PM-8:00PM to

“Community Forums Addressing the Crisis in Our Hospitals and Solutions from

the Frontlines,” sponsored by health care worker unions SEIU Locals 250 and

399. In SACRAMENTO and LOS ANGELES, join other health advocates, clergy,

elected officials, hospital workers, and other community leaders to examine

trends in California hospitals, hear testimony on the health care workforce

crisis, and review caregiver’s proposals for policies to improve the

availability and quality of care. This in the context of 50,000 SEIU health

care workers negotiating union contracts this year with dozens of hospitals

around the state.

* In SACRAMENTO: at St. Joseph Catholic School, 1717 El Monte Avenue.

* In LOS ANGELES: at Precious Blood Church, Parish Hall, 435 South

Occidental

STATE BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Dozens of statewide and local organizations, including Health Access, are

sponsoring a series of Town Hall Meetings designed to EDUCATE California

voters about how the Governor’s proposed budget cuts would affect them,

INFORM them of options including specific revenue increases, and ENGAGE them

in dialogue with legislators and the Governor.

ATTACHED and pasted below is a Save the Date flier. Please help spread the

word by forwarding this information to your email lists, including it in

your newsletters and posting it on your websites. Sponsoring groups include

the League of Women Voters, California Church Impact, Children’s Defense

Fund, Congress of California Seniors, Health Access, California Alliance of

Retired Americans, Gray Panthers, California Hunger Action Coalition,

California Association of Food Banks, JERICHO, California Immigrant Welfare

Collaborative, California Partnership, Latino Issues Forum, Western Center

on Law and Poverty, California Food Policy Advocates and the Quality Home

Care Coalition. For general information on the town halls in general,

contact Jessica Rothhaar, jessicar@health-access.org, or 510-873-8787, x107.

* STOCKTON: Tuesday, April 6th, 6:30-8:00 pm

– Cathedral of the Annunciation, 425 West Magnolia (corner of Lincoln and

Rose)

For More Info: Sister Marti McCarthy, JERICHO, 916-441-0387 ext 305,

mmccarthy@jerichoforjustice.org

Fliers for the Stockton event are ATTACHED in English and Spanish

* FREMONT: Friday, April 16th, 10:30am – 12noon

– Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue (at Dusterberry,

one block off Fremont)

For More Info: Jessica Bartholow, Alameda County Food Bank, 510-834-3663

ext 307, jbartholow@accfb.org

Legislators attending: State Senator Liz Figueroa, State Assemblyman

John Dutra

* PLEASANTON: Thursday, April 29th, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

– Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, (just west of

Santa Rita)

For More Info: Maurine Behrend, Tri-Valley Interfaith Poverty Forum,

(925) 960-0251, povertyforum@sbcglobal.net

* FRESNO: Date TBA

For More Info: Tracy Pepper, SEIU 250, 559-277-1575, Tpepper@seiu250.org

HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES STRATEGY SESSION

Advocates of the uninsured are invited to participate in a strategy session

on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, from 10:00am-1:00pm, in SACRAMENTO. The topics will

include: the budget crisis and coordination of post-May Revise lobbying and

organizing; Cover the Uninsured Week and ways to use those activities to

further our agenda; and the campaign to defend SB 2 and other efforts around

protecting and expanding employer-based health care.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Anthony Wright, Health

Access, at 916-442-2308, or awright@health-access.org.



Anthony E. Wright

Executive Director

Health Access

1127 11th St., #234, Sacramento, CA 95814

Ph: 916-442-2308, Fx: 916-497-0921

awright@health-access.org

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
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