Power to Heal
February’s film will be shown at 7:45pm at the Greenbelt Theater at 129 Centerway (directly across the plaza from the cafe). Kindly RVSP at https://www.hchrmd.org/confronting_racism_in_healthcare_past_present.
Power to Heal is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.
Come learn how the twin struggles of racial justice and health care intersect. By threatening to withhold federal funding from any hospital that practiced racial discrimination, the implementation of Medicare in 1965 helped desegregate 2000 American hospitals virtually overnight. Lyndon Johnson sent 1,000 inspectors south who determined that half of southern hospitals remained segregated and would lose funding because of it. Medicare is an important civil rights achievement.
A panel-led discussion about inequality in healthcare today and the movement for universal health care follows the film.
Co-sponsored by Health Care is a Human Right and the Peace & Justice Coalition.