Baltimore is hurting. Together, we can heal.
I’m your neighborhood doctor. Every day, in the faces of my patients, I see Baltimore.
I see the toll that poverty wreaks on working families and their children. I see the true cost of drugs, alcohol, and chronic violence to our communities. I see what systemic injustice does to our most vulnerable citizens, and to our whole city.
But we can heal.
By guaranteeing healthcare to each of our citizens, we can prevent the illness and death that plague our streets.
When we focus on ending poverty instead of exacting revenge, we can end violence.
Together, we can heal our city.
Today marks fifty years since our nation was robbed of its greatest moral leader in an unwarranted and unforgivable act of violence. On this day in Memphis in 1968, one gunshot cut short a life dedicated to justice and a love of others.
Today marks the start of National Public Health Week. NPHW is an annual effort to promote the idea that everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. Unsurprisingly, the first day of this year's NPHW focuses on behavioral health, mental health and opioid addiction. It's no surprise that everywhere in our city - and in our country - people are struggling with addiction, loneliness, and declining mental health.
Our neighbors in northwest Baltimore agree. Healthcare costs too much. Every single year, premiums are going up. People with insurance can't afford their coverage, while millions more can't even buy private health insurance with today's costs.
This week, we were out in Mount Washington asking people if their healthcare costs too much. Not surprisingly, plenty of people thought so.
There's nothing quite like paying it forward.When I was a young medical student, AMSA - American Medical Student Association was my community. It was my entry into public service, showing me how to channel my medical skills and my passion for social justice into meaningful action.Since AMSA, my colleagues and I have cleared the Chesapeake of needless plastic microbead pollution, stopped the cruel practice of using animals for surgeries in one of Baltimore's most prestigious medical schools, and fought against the toxic, sugary drinks that cause high rates of obesity and diabetes in our city's lowest income children.It's thanks to AMSA that I can now treat my patients in clinic and advocate on their behalf as I run for the House of Delegates.Today, I spoke to the inspired and ambitious students of AMSA, showing them how knowledge, organizing, and perseverance can lead to positive change. From lobbying to bill drafting to direct action, we exchanged powerful ideas on how to change the world and leave it a better place for future generations.It is so inspiring and motivating to see the next cohort of young leaders rise to the occasion. In this time of unrest and unease, we can all find reassurance in the dedication of our youngest and brightest.They got this.
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