We invite you to enter Power to Heal 7:00 pm at Cinemapolis in your 2020 calendar for Wednesday, January 29.
“Why is the US the only high-income country in the world that does not guarantee health care for all citizens? The answer has everything to do with race.” writes Jeneen Interlandi, staff writer for The New York Times (8/14/2019).
Power to Heal, a one hour documentary tells a chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal access to healthcare for all Americans. It chronicles the extent of systemic racism in health care in the 40’s and 50’s, how black providers actively sought universal healthcare, and how passage of Medicare in the 60s led to desegregation of hospitals throughout the US.
Why look back in history? To open our eyes to what is happening now. Disparities in access and practice of healthcare persist today as invisible institutional discrimination fueled by corporate greed. For example, NY State is currently investigating UnitedHealth Group over its use of a medical algorithm that researchers found to be racially biased by steering black patients away from higher-quality care. The impact of systemic racism today is just as deadly as the overt racism of the past.
The screening of Power to Heal is free and open to everyone. Please share this invitation widely. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow the film. We will address how we can work toward guaranteed quality healthcare for everyone in our community. Our hope is to assemble a diverse audience to start the conversation and continue the conversation with family, friends, fellow church members and colleagues.
This film is sponsored by Finger Lakes for New York Health with co-sponsors Calvary Baptist Church, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Friends Center for Racial Justice, United Congregational Church, and Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
We look forward to seeing you at the movie on January 29th
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman because it often results in physical death.
Martin Luther King
March 26, 1966