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CALL TO ACTION: Texan Health Professionals Call to Release People in ICE Detention Vulnerable to COVID-19

As health professionals, we see firsthand that fear of local ICE enforcement deters immigrants in our communities from seeking out medical care, which at this time means crucial COVID-19 testing and treatment. On March 18, ICE released a statement that it “will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.” ICE must clarify how they will curb local enforcement practices so that our immigrant patients are not afraid of punitive measures if they access care. READ MORE HERE AND SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT

CALL TO ACTION: A Multidisciplinary Task Force in Harris County is Needed

As physicians, epidemiologists, public health specialists, and members of Doctors for Change working on the frontlines in our county’s largest publicly funded healthcare system, we urge attention to our medically underserved patients who often lack of access to health care and health information and are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors for Change would like to partner with the County in advising on the solutions below. READ MORE HERE AND SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT

CALL TO ACTION: Houston Area Physicians Call for Release

We are physicians serving the people of Harris County, practicing in a variety of settings, from community-based clinics to large referral hospitals. We urge the County’s leaders to take swift action today to avert the catastrophic loss of life that would result if and when the Harris County Jail becomes a vector for COVID-19. READ MORE BELOW AND SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT

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DFC serves as an educational resource to community members, health professionals, and doctors who are interested in advocating for their community. We have the unique ability to integrate skills learned from our educational forums and create different cases for change that will support vulnerable​ communities.

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We believe that healthcare providers have a unique ability and responsibility to advocate with their patients for improvements to the healthcare system. We do this through legislative advocacy and coordinating efforts to develop legislative priorities every session in Texas.

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"What I like about Doctor’s for Change (DFC) is that they bring up topics of great importance to the medical community and our patients that many of us are either unaware of, or to which we have devoted insufficient time and thought. A great example of this for me was a DFC session on the issues that transgender patients have with the health care system. This educational program was hosted by a very engaging transgender speaker with assistance from other transgender patients and health care professionals with knowledge and experience in caring for transgender individuals. I was able to use the knowledge and insight I gained from this experience to help my organization with our efforts to improve our engagement with our transgender patients. As we explored ways to educate our staff on these issues, we asked a consultant to recommend someone to speak to our staff. I was pleasantly surprised when our consultant recommended the person who led the DFC session I had attended several months earlier!”
Patrick M. Carter, MD, MBA
Chair, Department of Family Medicine Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement Kelsey-Seybold Clinic