The Health/Mental Health Task Force is re-convening on December 17 at 10:30 am after a break of some months because we have some important news to share on several issues:
- An organizing contract has been approved that will allow us to staff the effort to reconvene and mobilize a Missouri AIDS Task Force. Currently Missouri’s laws on HIV actually work against public health by discouraging persons to be tested for HIV. Learn what other states have done about it from guest speaker Sean Strub, Executive Director of SERO. The Sero Project grew out of Sean’s anti-criminalization advocacy work. Strub is a writer and long-time activist who has been living with HIV for more than 30 years. He founded POZ Magazine, co-chaired the North American regional affiliate of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+/NA) and co-founded and is a member of the Positive Justice Project. He has been engaged in HIV-related stigma, discrimination, criminalization and empowerment issues since the earliest days of the epidemic.
Some basic briefing documents are available on the Health and Mental Health Task Force page of our website, and this video also provides a good introduction to this topic: http://seroproject.com/videos/. Additional briefing documents will be available after Thursday’s call.
- 300,000 Missourians with low incomes are still in the Medicaid coverage gap. What can be done about it? Hear about our new organizing effort in southeast Missouri and Empower Missouri Health Care Organizer Tracy Morrow of Benton, MO, who will team up with Walt Wildman of Cape Girardeau and others to build grassroots strength in a region s struggling with high poverty levels.
- The mental health system in Missouri continues to be desperately underfunded. What can be done in the 2016 budget debate?
- Much research is showing what can be accomplished with trauma-informed care. Hear what some are doing in Missouri on this topic.
The Task Force will meet regularly in 2016, so please phone in and help to pick a meeting time that works on your schedule. To join the December 17 call at 10:30 am, dial:
Please RSVP to Jeanette@EmpowerMissouri.org.