Power to Heal Film Screening and Chat

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Date(s) - 05/09/2024
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Power To Heal, Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution

Film Screening and Chat

Film cover for Power to Heal Chat led by UUJEC board member, Carl McCargo M.S., a retired psychologist. In conversation with Dr. Howard Ehrman.

To view this recording on YouTube, click here.

Power to Heal tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African Americans even for emergencies.

Through the voices of the men and women who experienced disparities and fought against them, POWER TO HEAL will introduce the audience to a missing link in the Civil Rights Movement — a struggle over healthcare from a half-century ago that raises questions that resonate today: is healthcare a human right? Must the federal government intervene to ensure equality.

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