On Sunday July 7, the New Orleans DSA Health Care Committee hosted their second Health Fair + Medical Debt Clinic in Central City. We offered blood pressure and glucose screenings, assistance with and education around medical debt disputes with help from Debt Collective, community health and housing resources, and food and drinks — all for free. The event also offered an opportunity to speak with community members about our fight for Medicare for All, how our current health care system has impacted their lives, and how single-payer health care would transform our lives and communities.
Over four hours we completed dozens of health screenings, spoke with many community members and leaders, shared over 100 pages of local resources, and had in-depth discussions about debt with a number of neighbors. In addition, we received dozens of pledges in support for Medicare for All.
The Health Care Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month. The committee also leads monthly Medicare for All canvasses, the next of which is Sunday, July 22, from 2-6 PM. You can sign up or at this link or get more information by emailing email@example.com.
The Health Care for All Committee shared the DSA vision for universal health care in the 7th Ward on Thursday, finding a receptive audience eager to share their struggles with capitalist medicine.
The canvass was part of the national Medicare for All Campaign. This was the fifth Medicare for All Canvass, and the third in the 7th Ward. Ten organizers met with our neighbors about their health care experiences.
Some shared difficulties they’ve had with the for-profit health care system. One organizer spoke with a woman on N. Galvez Street who could not get enough insulin and struggled to find a doctor who was accessible to her despite having Medicare.
Overall, neighbors in this community were very receptive to organizers, and the canvassers collected about 20 signatures in about an hour and a half of organizing.
The Health Care for All Committee will continue to follow up with neighbors we’ve talked to while organizing. The committee will collect more stories and engage neighbors who want to get more involved and volunteer.
Join us at our next meeting, Wednesday June 20th, 6:30 at 2022 St. Bernard Ave*
*We meet regularly on the third Thursday of each month