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September 10th– San Francisco, CA- Clinica Martín Baró
September 12th, Los Angeles, CA- Clinic Location TBD
September 14th– Riverside, CA- First Congregational Church of Riverside
September 18th– Phoenix, AZ- Juntos Por La Salud Mobile Clinic
October 8th– Sacramento, CA- Clinica Tepati & Shifa Clinic
October 15th– Los Angeles, CA- Lennox Health Fair @ Lennox Middle School
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We, the Latino Medical Students Association West Region, affirm our steadfast support for students of all immigration statuses in seeking access to medical education. Disparities in access to health care and in quality of care are very real within our communities and we should extend medical education to members of all communities to rectify these health inequities. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival-eligible students have been historically excluded from higher education and are an untapped, diverse pool of applicants to medical school. We are committed to ensuring DACA-eligible students gain entry to undergraduate medical education in the United States, are provided with adequate financial aid to pay for medical education, are supported academically and personally by undergraduate medical institutions, and are retained in the medical education system until graduation at the same rate as their peers. We recognize that students of documentation statuses other than DACA should be included in access to equitable undergraduate medical education and narrowing this discussion to DACA-eligible students only is a limitation. Further steps of inclusion are necessary to address health inequity in our community at the most fundamental levels.
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For Today 3/25/2014:
>> Use data to drive policy change!
The Alliance released results of the 2014 Healthy Americas Survey, a bilingual phone survey with a nationally representative sample of 846 respondents fielded from February 16th to March 2nd of this year that included questions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“While there has been much discussion of the importance of the Hispanic community during ACA open enrollment, for the first time with the Healthy Americas Survey we have some data about the priorities and experiences of Hispanics with ACA,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance).
-LMSA West Policy Team
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For Today 3/18/2014:
>>NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits
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The VP and Intern of Policy will be posting weekly updates on Latino Health/Healthcare Policy!
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For Today 3/10/2014:
>> California ramps up Latino outreach as healthcare deadline nears
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LMSA West’s Healthcare Stance:
We, the members of LMSA West, recognize the need for solutions to eliminate health inequities in our current healthcare system. We fully support a comprehensive, universal, and equitable healthcare system for all people regardless of their economic and migratory status as well as religious beliefs and sexual orientation. LMSA West believes in a healthcare system that advances health promotion and prevention in order to affect positive health behaviors and outcomes in our society. We are in solidarity with those who work to eliminate healthcare disparities, especially the lack of healthcare coverage that underserved communities face. We believe healthcare is a right not a privilege.
LMSA West’s Support for Single Payer:
In accordance with the Latino Medical Student Association West’s health care stance, objectives, and core values, we, the members of LMSA West hereby support implementation of a Single Payer Universal Healthcare System in the United States. We believe that the Single Payer Healthcare System is the most practical, affordable, and effective solution to achieve universal healthcare.
Want to Know How to Get Involved in Policy with LMSA West?
With the recent establishment of a resolution review process, LMSA’s goal is to develop an inclusive format where all LMSA members are able to submit their ideas and therefore be able to contribute to debates surrounding Latino health policy issues on both a regional and national level. If you are interested in:
Submitting a “resolution” or proposal for a policy position that you think LMSA should support
Participating in the LMSA West policy subcommittee-providing support for regional and national events with a flexible level of commitment or
Joining a mailing list to stay apprised of LMSA West health policy issues
Then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!