24 February 2007

Denver's Healthcare Day of Action

If you're anywhere near Denver on Monday, Feb. 26, join us for the Health Care Day of Action at the State Capitol.

Here's the agenda from The Bell Policy Center:

Together we will:
• Call attention to Colorado's health care crisis
• Mobilize a movement for health care reform to ensure real voices of Coloradans are taken into account
• Urge our lawmakers to pass legislation that will improve quality, expand access and increase affordability of health care

Where: The Colorado State Capitol Building
When: Monday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Details: 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. - Meet at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman. Sign in, breakfast & poster-making
8:45 to 9:15 a.m. - Welcome, review the day's agenda & comments: Dede de Percin, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative; Marty Jacobsen, Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church; Mark Wallace, Vice-Chair, Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform
9:15 a.m. - March to the Capitol Building from Central Presbyterian
9:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Optional training session: How to be a good constituent, do's and don'ts on talking with your legislators, with Melanie Herrera Bortz, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Capitol building 3rd floor, Old Supreme Court Chambers
9:30 to 11:00 a.m. - Meet with your legislators about health care issues, Capitol building 2nd floor
11 to 11:30 a.m. - Health Care Rally and Press Conference with Rep. Ann McGihon, D-Denver, Rep. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, health care consumer Nathan Wilkes, and Kersten Hostetter, Colorado Alliance for Microenterprise Initiatives, West Steps of the Capitol building
Noon - Legislature breaks for lunch, Health Care Day of Action concludes. (Lunch is not provided.)
Extra optional events:
9:30 a.m. to noon - Informal open house with members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, including Elisabeth Arenales, Mark Simon, Mark Wallace and Christy Blakely, at a table outside the Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd floor of the Capitol building
Noon to 1 p.m. - Question and answer discussion with members of the House and Senate health & human services committees, with Rep. Anne McGihon, chair, House Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol basement hearing rooms, No. 107

Be prepared:
Wear blue to identify yourself as part of the Health Care Day of Action
Find out who your legislator is from VoteSmart.org
Come with your health care stories

For more information, contact Nora Bashir: (303) 477-6111, ext. 21, or nbashir@fresc.org

9to5 National Association of Working Women
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
ARC of Arapahoe and Douglas
ARC of Denver
Autism Society of Boulder County
Autism Society of Colorado
The Bell Policy Center
Central Presbyterian Church
The Citizens Project
Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
Colorado ACORN
Colorado AIDS Project
The Colorado Alliance for Microenterprise Initiatives
Colorado Budget Crisis
Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Colorado Children's Campaign
Colorado Children's Health Care Access Program
Colorado Citizens for Accountability
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Colorado Cross Disability Coalition
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
Colorado for Health Care
Colorado Hospital Association
Colorado Nurses Association
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Colorado Progressive Coalition
Colorado Society of Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric Nursing
Community Health Charities
Denver Area Labor Federation
Denver Healthy People 2010
Family Voices, Empower Colorado, Parent to Parent
Front Range Economic Strategy Center
GLBT Community Center of Colorado
Health Care for All Colorado
Latina Initiative
Look Forward
Lupus Foundation of Colorado
Lutheran Advocacy Ministries
Mental Health Association of Colorado
Metro CareRing
Metro Organizations for People
National Association of Social Workers
Progress Now
RAIN Colorado/CORA
Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union
Rocky Mountain Stroke Association
Rocky Mountain Synod
Save our Section 8
Sense of Security
Service Employees International Union Local 105
Sisters of Color United for Education
Smart Start: Colorado's Parent and Family Engagement Task Force
Mental Health Association of Colorado
Metro Organizations for People
WE CAN! of Colorado
Women's Lobby

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