Raising Women's Voices was honored Tuesday night by the National Physicians Alliance-NY for "demonstrating exemplary community leadership and partnership to help secure health care for all and achieve passage of the federal Patient Affordability and Protection Act of 2010."
Eesha Pandit and I accepted the award for RWV at an event in mid-town Manhattan. It was presented to us by Dr. Sharon Phillips, an NPA member who has been a strong ally in the fight against abortion restrictions in the health reform bill. While sharing our dismay at the inclusion of the Nelson abortion restriction language in the final health reform bill that passed Congress, Dr. Phillips said she has been able to stay active in health reform, now in the implementation phase, because of RWV's analysis explaining the many benefits to women and girls from the new health reform law.
RWV has been thrilled to work with members of the National Physicians Alliance New York chapter over the past year in organizing health reform teach-ins and rallies. Whenever RWV needed a physician to appear at an event and explain what health reform would mean to doctors and their patients, members of NPA were ready, we explained, citing presentations at RWV teach-ins by such NPA members as Dr. Oni Blackstock, Dr. Manisha Sharma, Dr. Bill Jordan and Dr. Karen Wang.
A young and extremely diverse group of physicians and medical students, NPA is made up of people who "went to medical school to help people," explained Dr. Nina Agrawal, a pediatrician who emceed the Tuesday night event. She cited the tireless efforts of a group of Mount Sinai medical students who found time between their classes and studies to travel to Washington twice with NPA to lobby Congress on health reform, remarking "When I was a medical student, I didn't even have time to do the dishes!"
NPA members also won praise from Dr. Una Clarke, who appeared at the event to accept an NPA award for her daughter, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn, who could not be present. "You are the generation of physicians who will bring back conscience to medical care," she told them.