Take Action: Support SHB 1348

RFPU – NW has recently endorsed SHB 1348, Providing medical assistance to incarcerate patients. 

The majority of people incarcerated are incarcerated for less than 30 days. This bill updates current language around not suspending Medicaid for those incarcerated for 30 days or less. New language includes that a person’s incarceration status does not affect the person’s enrollment in medical assistance and that a person not enrolled in medical assistance at the time of incarceration will have the ability to apply for medical assistance.

The next public hearing is on Thursday, March 11th, at 1:30pm. 

RFPU – NW encourages our members to show support for this bill. There are three very easy ways to do so, by (in order of ease to do):

  • signing in PRO for the legislative record (anytime up until 1:30pm on 3/11)
  • submitting a comment (anytime up until 1:30pm on 3/11)
  • testifying live (registration by 1:30pm on 3/10)

All you have to do is:

  • Go to the Committee Sign In page
  • Choose Committee: Human Services, Reentry, and Rehab
  • Choose Meetings: 3/11/21 at 1:30pm
  • Choose: SHB 1348 Incarcerated persons/medical
  • Choose “written testimony,” “testify live,” or “position noted for the legislative record”
  • When registering, you may enter “Resident & Fellow Physician Union – Northwest” under organization affiliation because RFPU – NW has endorsed the bill. 
  • If you plan to testify live, please let us know!

Workshop: Caring for Patients Who Are Incarcerated

The Care of Incarcerated Patients Task Force is excited to announce an upcoming workshop on caring for patients who are incarcerated or otherwise involved with law enforcement in the UW Medicine system. The purpose of this session is to train residents and fellows in how best to advocate and care for patients in the ED, inpatient setting, OR, and clinics, including how to navigate working with police and guards and dealing with forensic restraints, issues of privacy and consent, involving family in care, and other important topics. 

The workshop will be put on by Dr. Marc Stern and Dr. Lara Strick and will take place on Saturday March 20th from 9am-12pm via zoom. It will also be recorded. If you are interested in joining or would like us to send you the recording, please register here.

Best,
NURF, HQSC, and RFPU-NW

Speakers:

Dr. Marc F. Stern, MD, MPH is an Internal Medicine physician, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Albany. He is an expert and consultant in Correctional Health Care and served as the Assistant Secretary for Health Services for the Washington State Department of Corrections.


Dr. Lara B. Strick, MD, MS is an Infectious Disease physician and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She works at Harborview Medical Center treating patients with HIV as well as for the Washington State Department of Corrections seeing patients with viral hepatitis and HIV. She is also co-chair of the state prison system’s Infection Prevention Program and works for the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center as the Corrections Program Director. 

Join the Call for Racial Justice at SCH

Last week, you may have come across the highly visible news that Dr. Ben Danielson, Medical Director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, resigned from his position in November. Dr. Danielson drew attention to how people of color — whether patients or providers — have been systemically discriminated against at Seattle Children’s Hospital. You can read more about Dr. Danielson’s resignation here.

Since the news broke, families, parents, healthcare workers, and community members have come together to demand better of SCH and to demand that its administrators and management take concrete steps to actually address systemic racism. The Board of RFPU-NW has signed onto this petition, and encourage you all to do so in your individual capacity (linked below).

SIGN THE PETITION!

How we fight for racial justice

Sent to full membership via email on June 7, 2020

Thank you to each and every one of you who has shown up this week (in-person and from home) for Black Lives Matter.

We saw incredible showings of people at Friday’s Show of Support, hosted by NURF, and over 10,000 healthcare workers and allies showed up for the Doctors for Justice Rally yesterday morning. 

If you haven’t already, please review the Doctors for Justice demands.

Many of us are showing up to protest after working long shifts, bringing our children out with us, making phone calls to elected officials, and having conversations about how we need to change the culture and institution of medicine. 

If you have ideas for actions residents can take on an individual or system-wide level, let us know. We will support you. 

NEXT STEPS

As a labor union, racial justice intersects with everything we do. The language we use in our contract, the benefits we fight for that ensure that residency at UW isn’t only accessible to those from the most privileged backgrounds, and how we fight against racism and discrimination in our workplace and community.

We also feel strongly that being a leader means speaking out against the way that our city and university continue to uphold systems of oppression. 

In the last week, as an organization we endorsed:

We also encourage our members of color to sign the BIPOC Petition to remove the Seattle Police Officers Guild (police union) from MLK Labor

You can sign the above actions as an individual as well.
Decriminalize UW – individual
Defund SPD – individual
 A large portion of city (and university funding) goes towards policing our communities. Seattle budgeted $409 million on police this year, a quarter of the city’s general fund budget. As healthcare workers, we know that funding should be going towards health and education services in our community instead.

Units at our hospitals are being consolidated or closed entirely, and our state ranks one of the worst in the country for mental health care. Thousands of healthcare employees at UW and across this city have been furloughed during a pandemic. This is unacceptable. 

Remember, we all are UWHA – so if you see actions we can participate in, or demands you want us to advocate for – reach out and let us know how we can help amplify! You can do this by emailing us, posting in the UWHA slack, or tagging us on social media.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Educational Resources:

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