Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare and our parent organization, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, are hosting two community conversations about healthcare as a moral imperative during October. The purpose of both events is to create a call to action to promote change for the nearly 400,000 Virginians across the state who are unable to access affordable health insurance, while their neighbors across the border in Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, DC can.
A successful event we held in Richmond in late June tells us that this is a topic of deep interest to people throughout the Commonwealth. In a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch after the Richmond event, Rev. Charles Swadley and Rabbi Gary Creditor, members of the VICPP leadership team, noted this about the ongoing discussion of the moral imperative of healthcare access:
“the VICPP is a place where shared values motivated by being faith-filled people, despite diversities of theology, unite us, and should not be politically labeled. We bring these values to the public forum in conversation for what is right or wrong in regard to the treatment of our neighbor.“
In Hampton Roads, we’re partnering up with Virginia Organizing, Celebrate Healthcare, Empower Hampton Roads and Virginia Wesleyan College for an event on October 8th at Virginia Wesleyan University-Blocker Hall at 6:00pm.
On October 22, we’re joining with Virginia Organizing, Celebrate Healthcare, Empower Hampton Roads and Virginia Wesleyan College for an event at First Baptist Church Denbeigh in Newport News at 6:00pm.
In Roanoke, we’ve teamed up with New River Valley Chapter of VICPP, Virginia Organizing in Blacksburg, and the NRV NAACP for an event on October 28th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Meeting House at 6:00pm.
All of the events will feature a screening of a short documentary about Remote Area Medical‘s efforts to provide care for the uninsured poor in southwest Virginia, followed by stories from local residents impacted by the health insurance coverage gap. A panel discussion with representatives from the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim & Protestant faith traditions, and an opportunity for questions and a call to action, will conclude each evening.
Register for the Norfolk event by clicking this link, for the Newport News event by clicking this link, and for the New River Valley event by clicking this link. We hope to see you at one of these events, and that you will join our statewide call to action that quality, affordable healthcare access for all Virginians is a moral imperative.