Below are just some of the points which were presented as a part of the October 23 Health Care for All Task Group’s “Our Broken Health Care System Calls Us to Action: Lessons from COVID-19 Community Conversation and Coffee Hour” ZOOM event. Over 90 CSJ community members, health practitioners, and students from St. Kate’s attended the event live with an additional 75+ people watching the recording online on the CSJ YouTube channel. Our guest presenters Anne Jones, RN and Dr. Ken Englehart from Health Care for All Minnesota, along with a special group of St. Catherine students with Dr. Meghan Mason provided extremely packed, in-depth and enlightening presentations examining the state of our U.S. Healthcare System, the systemic inequities evident throughout the COVID pandemic, and the need to re-examine how every American could have access to quality, affordable and equitable care. In the words of Dr. Englehart, “State Senator John Marty has introduced what he calls The Minnesota Health Plan, which would provide comprehensive medical coverage to all Minnesota residents.” Watch the event here.
Check out the below flyer highlighting the harsh truth of COVID-19 disparities in Minnesota.
The Health Care for All Task Group is dedicated to the Catholic Social Teaching principle that access to quality health care is the right of everyone without exception. We are committed to healthcare policy, public action and advocacy for policies that promote equitable access to quality health care for all. The group collaborates with other organizations to influence political policy change.
Goals for 2020-21:
Catholic social teaching insists that health care is a basic right flowing from the sanctity of human life and dignity of the human person. In the words of Pope Francis, “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege. Basic Health Care is denied – denied! to too many people.” (5.9.2016)
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Senator John Marty and Mary Manning from the MN Department of Health joined the HCFA Task Group for an engaging conversation on April 4, 2019, about emerging health needs in Minnesota that “keep them up at night.” Mary provided an in-depth examination of health trends in Minnesota while Senator John discussed legislation in the 2019 session.
The CSJ Health Care for All Task Group hosted a Fall breakfast event with Toby Pearson, Executive Director of the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota, to examine the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s race from the lens of health, Catholic Social Teaching, and their possible impacts on community health for all Minnesotans. Catholic Social Teaching clearly says that everyone without exception has a right to adequate health care, so how might this lens broaden our conversation about the fall elections. Join us for future events and conversations on Health and Healthy Communities for All.
“We need to change the NARRATIVE,” was the challenge put forth by Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of the MN Department of Health from 2011 to 2017, at a recent April 28th morning forum sponsored by the CSJ Health Care for All Task Group and the Justice Commission. “We need to create a new alternative world-view in which well-being is the goal and health is a right. A narrative in which we shift from a patient centered ‘health care’ approach to “community centered care” in which “public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which (all) people can be healthy.”
Our morning conversation with approximate 70 engaged community members challenged not merely our narrative, but deeply expanded our thinking about how a truly faith and values centered approach could dramatically shift our approach to health for all. So that ALL people can be healthy is especially problematic when you consider the shocking inequities and disparities in Minnesota. This event exposed a deep community longing for authentically conversation about health and injustice in Minnesota along with a growing desire to respond with deeper awareness, further education, and a “prophetic witness that comes from partnering with new eyes and joining others in working for systemic change that will enable ALL to live.” In other words, so that ALL people can be healthy.