What a day!
On Saturday October 14, two hundred health care activists, advocates and organizations gathered at the Protect Our Care CT campaign’s Health Care Action Summit to:
- Educate ourselves about key state and federal health care issues
- Learn more about health policy and advocacy strategies
- Set the stage for adoption of a Protect Our Care CT action plan for 2018 and beyond that builds our state’s capacity for positive change
The day began with a plenary featuring (l-r):
- Tekisha Dwan Everette, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions
- Jacob Hacker (Keynote), Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
- Kevin Lembo, Comptroller, State of Connecticut
- Tim Foley, Director, SEUI Connecticut State Council
- Frances Padilla, President, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Following the plenary session, participants attended workshops focused on organizing and advocacy skill-building and on health policy challenges and solutions.
Lunchtime speaker Wendy Fields (Executive Director, Democracy Initiative), charged attendees with committing themselves to becoming part of a grassroots movement in the state to demand accountability from policymakers for a health care system that benefits everyday people.
The day ended with a reception with invited elected officials. Both Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Elizabeth Esty were able to stop by to offer words of encouragement to attendees.
Attendees left inspired to keep up the fight against the erosion of health care access and eager to support a health care agenda that delivers on the promise of quality, affordable health care we can ALL count on.