A Quick Resource Guide

A System to Die For?

Citizens Health Care
People sharing their own powerful stories of their experience with health care. http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/chc/index-2.html

Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity, by Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle, tells stories of the uninsured and the downward spiral a single health problem can set off. University of California Press, 2005.

One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance, by Jill Quadagno, traces the efforts of powerful interest groups to block universal health care and lays out why health care needs to be a social right. Oxford University Press, 2005.

As Sick As It Gets: The Shocking Reality of America’s Healthcare, A Diagnosis and Treatment Plan, by Dr. Rudolph J. Mueller, offers a down-to-earth analysis of our health care system, with examples drawn from the lives of the author’s patients. Olin Frederick, 2001.

The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and What it Will Take to Get Out , by Julius Richmond and Rashi Fein, is an authoritative account of the current system and a plan for universal health care. Harvard University Press, 2005.

Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured, book and photography exhibit from Talking Eyes Media, a multi-media organization advocating for social change. 973/746-9096, http://www.amazon.com/Denied-Americas-Uninsured-Ed-Kashi/dp/097291420X

Health & Inequality

Unequal Health: How Inequality Contributes to Health or Illness, by Grace Budrys, sorts out the reasons for health disparities across the U.S., looking beyond age, gender, and race lines, and points to access to medical care, stress, and social inequality as defining factors. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.

The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier, by Richard G. Wilkinson, links poor health performance in the U.S. to record levels of inequality and maps out the link between health and equality, cooperation, and personal control. New Press, 2005.

Environmental Health
Health Care Without Harm is a global coalition working to protect health by reducing pollution in the health care industry. Find a resource kit for pollution prevention, information for nurses as environmental activists, environmental health news, and events. www.noharm.org

Luminary: nurses lighting the way to environmental health captures stories of nurses’ activities to improve human health by improving the health of the environment. www.theluminaryproject.org

Clean Med conferences bring together all levels of health care professionals and providers to discuss environmentally friendly and healthy choices for hospitals. The next CleanMed will be in 2008 in Pittsburgh.

Take Action

Health Care Now does grassroots organizing for universal health care, and supports groups in organizing citizen/congressional hearings around the country.


Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) promotes comprehensive health care for all. Find advocacy and campaign resources for national and state specific action.

American Medical Student Association rallies future doctors for universal health care. Educational resources with statistics, primers on different health care systems, action kits, and updates on developments in different states and Congress.
800/767- 2266

Physicians for a National Health Program unites physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals that support a national single payer health care system.

Americans for Health Care, a project of SEIU, unites working families, small business owners, seniors, health care workers, community leaders, and policy makers to fight for affordable, quality health care for all.

Everybody In, Nobody Out (EINO) supports state organizations working at the grassroots for universal health care, focusing on the right to health care to empower communities. 919/402-0133

Forum on the “Right to Health Care” provides online legal documentation for establishing and recognizing the right to health care.

State organizations 

California Health Care for All supports a single payer bill, SB 840 (CHIRA), that passed the California Senate and the State Assembly Health Committee.

Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care, grassroots coalition of over 300 organizations working for accessible, quality health care that provides for all.

Maryland Health Care for All Coalition developed a plan for universal health care in Maryland with a detailed financial analysis of its costs and benefits. Worked on “fair share” legislation forcing large employers to devote a percentage of payroll toward health benefits.

Ohio Single Payer Action Network supports the Health Care for All Ohioans Act. SPAN meets monthly and organized a walk for health care justice across the state to help collect the necessary signatures for placing the initiative on the ballot.
216/ 736-4766

Can’t find your state?
Find more state resources at www. familiesusa.org/resources/stateinformation and check out national organizations for local chapters. Statecoverage.net is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative that contains valuable information on state initiatives to expand coverage. www.statecoverage.net

Community Approaches 

Health Democracy: Liberating Americans from Medical Insurance, the Ithica Health Alliance experience, by Paul Glover, presents a can-do approach to organizing health care in your community. Health Democracy 2006.

Community-Based Participatory Research for Health, by Meredith Minkler, Nina Wallerstein (Eds.), offers tools and information on conducting health research with communities to promote social change. Jossey-Bass, 2002. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Communities in Charge program shows how towns and counties can finance local health care now.

The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan, recalls how women organize a self-help network, when there was no other option. University Of Chicago Press, 1997

Art and Healing

Arts and Healing Network is an international resource on the healing potential of art. Features projects combining art, community, and healing, the annual AHN Award, and grant information for artists.

Patch Adams’ Gesundheit! Institute started as an experimental clinic offering holistic care, free of charge. Efforts now focus on building an ideal hospital incorporating art, recreation, and play in a home-style, green setting.
208/323-0848 (fax)

Manitoba Artists in Healthcare Inc brings together the Healthcare and Arts communities to the benefit of the entire community

Stand up to drug corporations

Center for Public Integrity tracks the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying efforts,

National Institute for Health Care Management carries out studies on drug marketing to consumers,
1225 19th St., NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-296-4426

Prescription Drug Research Clearinghouse collects information on excess cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. and fact sheets on the prescription drug industry,

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