2nd Wednesday Speaker Series

September: Ming Chen with the Washington Poor People's Campaign

Each of us is working to achieve universal health care, yet we are divided on the best way to change our disjointed system. Ming Chen from the Washington Poor People’s Campaign will lead us in a discussion of the underlying moral values that divide us in some areas…but unite us in others

August: READY-SET-GO: The Health Care Cost Transparency Board

We welcome AnnaLisa Gellermann, JD, the Health Care Cost Transparency Board Manager with Washington State Health Care Authority.

June: Insulin Access

Kevin Wren from the Washington Chapter of Insulin4All joins us for “Insulin Access."

May: Controlling Health Care Costs in Washington State

Presented by Sam Hatzenbeler, Health Policy Associate with the Economic Opportunity Institute. Guest speakers include Senator Emily Randall and moderator Aaron Katz, Principal Lecturer Emeritus with the School of Public Health at the University of Washington

April: Legislative Victories: 22 in '22 ... and the Attorney General too

A review of Healthcare for All-Washington's legislative advocacy in the 2022 Short (60 day) session. Guest speakers Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Senators Reuven Carlyle and Karen Keiser, and lobbyist Cindi Laws.

March: Health Equity for Somali Immigrants: Community-based Solutions

Health Care for All-WA welcomes Farhiya Mohamed, Executive Director and Founder of Somali Family Safety Task Force, to our 2nd Wednesday Speaker Series when she addresses Health Equity for Somali Immigrants: Community-based Solutions. Also, meet Mohamed Shidane from the Universal Health Care Commission!

February: Ending Homelessness: Housing + Health Care + Community-based Solutions.

HCFA-WA welcomed Dr. Nancy Connolly to discuss the ways that our healthcare system can help to address the underlying forces that trap people in homelessness.

January: The Health Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State

...and what we can do! HCFA-WA Vice President Chris Covert-Bowlds leads this 2nd Wednesday Speaker Series. He is a family doctor and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility climate activist. 

View/download the slideshow Powerpoint here.
View/download the slideshow PDF here.

December: Meet the Universal Health Care Commission!

Health Care for All - WA invites you to “Meet the Universal Health Care Commission." Join us December 8th for HCFA-WA’s 2nd Wednesday Speaker Series as we talk to UHCC member Vicki Lowe, Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission of Washington State, on what we can expect from the UHCC, plus video introductions from other UHCC members.

November: Insurance Industry Trojan Horses: What's Wrong with HMOs, ACOs, DCEs, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid Managed Care?

At HCFA-WA's 2021 Annual Meeting on November 13, Dr. Stephen Kemble presents "Insurance Industry Trojan Horses: What's Wrong with HMOs, ACOs, DCEs, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid Managed Care?", followed by Q&A. View a PDF of slides from Dr. Kemble's presentation here.

October: How Washington state can fix our Mental Health Crisis

Katherine Seibel, MSSW, from the Washington state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness reviews the victories for behavioral health care in the 2021 Legislative Session and address the priorities for next year. 

September: Lowering Prescription Drug Prices in Washington State

Panel includes Donna Sullivan, the Chief Pharmacy Officer of the Health Care Authority, Jenny Arnold, PharmD, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Janel Jorgenson from the Department of Health’s Office of Immunization.

August: Tribal Sovereignty and Indian Health Care

Vicki Lowe, Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission of Washington State, presents a fascinating overview of the history of American Indian Tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government from first contact to today, and the impact this has had on the delivery of healthcare to American Indian communities.

June: Health Care Victories in the 2021 Legislative Session

Senator Emily Randall (LD 26), Representative Nicole Macri (LD 43), Senator Karen Keiser (LD 33) and Senator David Frockt (LD 46) join Health Care for All - WA’s One Hour Zoom Meeting sharing their “Health Care Victories in the 2021 Legislative Session”

Viewing Guide:
0:00 Welcome
02:52 Senator Emily Randall (LD 26)
09:27 Senator Karen Keiser (LD 33)
16:20 Senator David Frockt (LD 46)
27:08 Representative Nicole Macri (LD 43)
46:00 Q & A
55:16 Future plans


May: How Racism Creates Health Inequities

Our One Hour Zoom Meeting of May 12th brought in three public health leaders to discuss the data and disparities that contribute to race-class health inequities:

Bob Lutz, MD, MPH, medical advisor for COVID-19 medical response for the Washington Department of Health;

Heleen Dewey, health equity specialist with the SRHD, focuses on racial equity for better health outcomes;

Amber Lenhart, MPH, worked with the Health Impact Project, and served as the SRHD health policy specialist.


April: The Great American Healthcare Scam: How Kickbacks, Collusion and Propaganda have Exploded Healthcare Costs in the U.S.

HCFA-WA welcomed Dr. David Belk on our April 14 Zoom meeting. Dr. Belk is the author of “The Great American Healthcare Scam: How Kickbacks, Collusion and Propaganda have Exploded Healthcare Costs in the U.S.” 


March: Legislative Update

Members of the HCFA-WA Policy Committee present mid-Session updates on important health care legislation in the 2021 Session, including bills creating the Universal Health Care Commission, improving the 'Cascade Care' plans sold on the Exchange, authorizing collaboration with other states and entities in generic prescription drug and insulin purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution, improving maternal health outcomes, and creating Health Equity Zones.

Elaine Cox, OTR, MPP
Consuelo Echeverria - MPH
Ronnie Shure, Pharm BS
Marcia Stedman, President, Health Care for All-Washington
Ash Sasidharan, BS in Computer Science and Engineering
Sherry Weinberg, MD

February: Universal Health Care Work Group Findings

The Health Care for All-Washington February 10 one-hour Work Group Findings, featuring two members of the Universal Health Care Work Group, Denny Dellwo, former chair of the Washington State House Health Care Committee and Lynnette Vehrs, MN, RN, and president of the Washington State Nurses Association, along with updates from Ronnie Shure, PharmBS and HCFA-WA Vice President, and Sherry Weinberg, M.D. and president of the HCFA Education Fund. Discussions included the findings and how we want the legislature to use the findings to expedite publicly funded universal health coverage in Washington. Q and A followed.



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