Health care reform is transforming everything from the way care is delivered to how care is funded. At the same time, public funding at all levels of government has been decreasing even as the number of patients and our volume of work has been increasing.
Our advocacy takes many forms, from being active at work to quality improvement to working with community groups and allies. It is as much a part of being a doctor to deliver quality and safe patient care as it is to be an advocate for our patients and the communities we serve.
We also engage in work that advances and promotes the general public health, including our recent support of the Earned Sick Time Act and the Universal Pre-K initiative in New York City.
Recently, we have worked with our elected leaders at all levels of government, especially our city council members, and community allies to win the reopening of Labor & Delivery at North Central Bronx Hospital, to prevent the closure of neurosurgery and rehab at Harlem Hospital, to shed light on the increase of assaults on doctors and other health care providers at Rikers Island, and to protect funding for where we work.