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In the absence of patient advocate groups to advise hospitals on methods to improve health care and to help people overcome obstacles in obtaining adequate health care, human relations commissions will typically receive complaints about hospitals refusing to provide health care, being unable to communicate with non-English speaking residents and other issues relating to the inadequate provision of health care.

Commissions may examine the feasibility of assisting community groups to form a patient advocacy group, form a health committee to assure itself that hospitals are meeting the needs of the community, respond to complaints as they made or select some other appropriate option. When complaints of health care are chronic commissions may hold public hearings to publicize the issues and gain support for programs designed to remedy the problems.

Bishops Sued Over Anti-Abortion Policies at Catholic Hospitals

By | December 4th, 2013|Health, Intergroup Relations|

The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion directives to Catholic hospitals hamper proper care of pregnant women in medical distress, leading

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Overcoming Violence & Injustice Conference – Robert Ross Morning Keynote

By | April 2nd, 2013|Conflict Resolution, Education, Health, Intergroup Relations|

Robert-RossRobert Ross, executive director of The California Endowment, discussed what we can do to save our sons. He asked people around the country what they thought was happening to young men of color and what should be done about it.

He talked to 65 people. including young

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Once a hero to disabled advocates, Jerry Brown sparks controversy

By | September 13th, 2012|Disability, Health|

BERKELEY — Four decades ago, people with severe disabilities had little political voice. Then Ed Roberts came on the scene, building the Center for Independent Living here into a model emulated worldwide.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0913-disability-rights-20120913,0,2197160.story

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Hospitals Fear Cuts in Aid for Care to Illegal Immigrants

By | July 27th, 2012|Health, Immigration|

President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide.

Read more in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/nyregion/affordable-care-act-reduces-a-fund-for-the-uninsured.html?_r=1&hp

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