Our Committees

HCHR-WA is currently organized into the following four committees.
We welcome your participation! Please email us if you are interested.

(1) Steering Committee  Works to define the overall strategy and budget of the campaign, develop meeting agendas, and ensure that organizational members are supporting campaign core principles. It is comprised of individuals representing sponsor organizations who are dedicated to the HCHR Campaign. Members will include a balance of labor and community organizations; the committee may expand in accordance with campaign goals and progress.  Currently includes representatives from the American Federation of Teachers WA, Health Care for All – WA (HCFA-WA), NAACP Seattle-King County, National Organization of Women Pierce County, Pacific Islander Health Board, Physicians for a National Health Program – Western WA (PNHP-WW), Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), SeaMar Community Health Centers, Seattle Indivisible, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, WA Community Action Network (WACAN) , and WA State Labor Council (WSLC). Co-Chairs: David Loud (PSARA) and Nathan Rodke (WACAN).

(2) Policy and Research  Responsible for legislative and policy research, producing white papers or model legislation, producing/commissioning/vetting key research reports that advance our campaign, identifying tools and resources from other states that help advance policy in Washington, and analyzing proposals that emerge. The work of this committee includes tracking progress at the federal level including, but not limited to: the innovation waiver process, Medicare for All, and any other congressional healthcare proposals.  Currently includes representatives from ACLU WA, Faith Action Network, HCFA-WA, North Seattle Progressives, NW Health Law Advocates, PSARA, PNHP-WW, WA Protect our Patients (physician group), WA State Nurses Assoc. Co-Chairs: Sam Hatzenbeler, Health Policy Associate at the Economic Opportunity Institute, and Emily Brice, Senior Attorney & Policy Advisor at Northwest Health Law Advocates.

(3) Communications – Provides a wide variety of communications support to the campaign, including website design and updating, social media, op-eds, and earned media support for events, actions, and report releases. Other roles will include producing fact sheets and materials for legislative visits, storybooks, or other potential needs. Our communications goal is to build a narrative about the importance of true universal coverage for families, offer a clear depiction of who stands in the way of reform and how they are profiting from the status quo, and instill hope for change. Kelly Powers (HCHR-WA), Ad Hoc Chair, currently with representatives from HCFA-WA, WA CAN, North Seattle Progressives, and PNHP-WA. We are looking for a new Chair!

(4) Membership and Organizing – Responsible for creating and executing organizing plans at the grassroots and coalition levels to advance the HCHR WA campaign on a timeline that meets benchmarks (yet to be determined) adopted for 2019-20. Currently includes representatives from IAM 751 (Boeing Machinists) Retirees Club, Pro-Choice Washington, NOW Tacoma-Pierce County, North Seattle Progressives, Retired Public Employees Council of WA, Seattle Indivisible, WA State Alliance for Retired Americans. Co-Chairs: John Godfrey, Lead Organizer at Washington Community Action Network (WACAN) and Amy Leong, Lead Community Organizer at Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

If you are interested in working on a committee, please email the Co-Chairs.

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