It’s HERE! National Public Health Week!

Woooo! Check out the cool events this week!


Public Health Day of Service this Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY: Public Health Day
March 31, 2010
Hosted by Dwight Hall Public Health Coalition

Documentary: “In Sickness and In Wealth”
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Dwight Hall Common Room
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Join the Public Health Coalition to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

Followed by a Public Health Advocacy Moment in collaboration with Amnesty International
Dwight Hall Common Room
Write to Senators asking for an extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans. This action is based on materials from The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a national civil and human rights advocacy and research organizations. Snacks will be served!

Sign the SustiNet petition!

 A note from the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. Please sign and forward!

SustiNet has passed the state House and Senate and will arrive on the Governor’s desk very soon.  Please add your name to the call for Governor Rell to sign SustiNet into law.

Sign the petition

We need your signature on the petition, but we also need you to reach out to your friends, family, and networks and ask them to sign it as well.  Time is short — we want to have all of our signatures ready by Monday, June 15. 

Once Governor Rell has the bill, we will deliver your signatures to her office.  Tell Governor Rell — Connecticut needs health care we can all count on!

More information:
SustiNet Explained (pdf)
House vote
Senate vote
Language of SustiNet — Public Act 09-148

Hartford Lobby Day a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Connecticut student health care lobby day! We got to talk with a ton of legislators and their staff about why the SustiNet plan being considered by the general assembly now is what Connecticut needs. If you missed out today, click here to get involved and take action!

Got Dental Coverage? Want it?

Click here to view and sign a letter for better dental health coverage for grad students at Yale!

From Gabe Forrey, EPH ’09:

GPSS sponsored an emergency dental fund this year with limited funding and a
seemingly endless list of applicants of which almost all were qualified but

What’s the next step? We need to continue to provide the Yale Corporation with
evidence that this is something students need. I mean, who is going to pose
for all those brochure shots and website photos if our teeth are all jacked up?

Michael Yarbrough and the GESO Health Care Committee are working with the GPSS
Advocacy Committee to ensure this issue doesn’t simply get folded into the mix.
The administration is actually considering whether to adopt a dental plan.
Signatures will be accepted until Wednesday, April 22, in order to deliver the
letter by the end of the semester. Please consider signing the letter of
support (even if you’re graduating), along with forwarding this note to other
students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Get on the bus: CT Health Care Lobby Day!

Join the Yale College Democrats and students from across Connecticut in Hartford on Friday, April 24th to speak out for health reform in Connecticut.

Not your average lobby day
– In addition to a large kick-off event, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with the Senators and Representatives who will be the crucial votes for health reform in Connecticut.

Free, with benefits – Advocating for health reform is easier than you thought. Enjoy free breakfast and lunch, travel in a comfy coach bus, and be back in time for your afternoon nap

Make a real differenceSustiNet, the innovative proposal for health reform in Connecticut, recently passed through the public health committee and will be considered soon by the entire state legislature, so action now is critical. Moreover, passing health reform here in Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, will help build momentum for President Obama’s national health reform plan.

***Email to reserve a seat on the bus***

The details:

Friday, April 24th
9 am – 3 pm

Bus Leaves from Phelps Gate

Email with any questions

Rally for Homelessness Saturday!

Public health advocates unite! Here’s information about a really important rally to end chronic homelessness in New Haven that is being held on Saturday morning. Come and support this important cause.


Join the Yale College Democrats, Shelter Now, homelessness advocates throughout the greater New Haven region, city officials, and members of the homeless community for a rally and press event in support of homelessness and supportive housing funding.


WHEN: 10:45am-12pm on Saturday, April 11 (arrive early to pick up signs!)

WHERE: Lower New Haven Green (by the stage)
***RAIN LOCATION: City Hall Aldermanic Chamber (165 Church Street)

WHO: Mayor John DeStefano, Rep. Ken Green (author of H. B. 5071), Rep. Toni Walker, Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, other state representatives and senators supporting homelessness issues, Yale’s premier all-male a cappella group The Duke’s Men, and PRESS

Come join us and fight for Connecticut’s homeless!