Community Forum Highlights Healthcare, Human Rights, and Views of RI Leadership

Hear about the current debate and climate on health care and reform through pre-taped and live remarks from RI elected leaders on Thursday, December 10 at the Providence Campus of URI. The event is open to the public; read the press below or click on the flyer for more information.

Providence, RI – Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ), University of Rhode Island, and the Providence Human Relations Commission jointly present “Health Care As A Human Right and the Current Debate on Health Care Reform,” Thursday, December 10, 5:00 pm, at the University of Rhode Island – Feinstein Campus, Paff Auditorium, 80 Washington Street in Providence.

A vocal proponent for health care access among the RI Elected officials, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts will join Rhode Island health advocates, providers and community people for a roundtable discussion. Senators Reed and Whitehouse and Congressmen Kennedy and Langevin will open the forum with pre-taped remarks about the current debate in Washington, DC on Health Care reform followed by discussion.

Invited local experts will each give a two minute statement. Confirmed panelists include Shawn Donahue, Vice President of Government Affairs-Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Nick Tsiongas, HealthRIght; Dr. Michael Fine, HealthAccessRI; Carrie Bridges, Rhode Island Department of Health; Andrew Douglass, Esq., an RICJ Board Member and an architect in RICJ’s Statement of Principles for Health Care and Community College of Rhode Island student; and Camblin Reyes, who will give her personal account on being ill without medical coverage. Brandon Melton, of Lifespan will serve as moderator.

Established 60 years ago, by the United Nations, Human Rights Day serves as a backdrop for this forum and to recognize the inherent dignity and equal rights for all humans. “In arguments over specific bills or proposals for reforming the health care system,” says RICJ Executive Director, Dr. Toby Ayers, “we may lose sight of the values that underlie this debate. For RICJ, healthcare is a fundamental human right.”

The event is free. For further information on the Forum please call RICJ at 401-467-1717 x 101 or visit


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