We are living in strange and difficult times. We remain concerned about the increase in COVID-19 cases and what this means for our community in both the short and long term. We also acknowledge that there is still so much work to be done to address racial disparities and systemic oppression. Last week we were dealt another blow when HHS ruled to eliminate protections for LGBTQIA+ under section 1557 of the ACA. DFC remains strong in its commitment to social justice and to supporting action as a strong medical voice for compassion and reason.
While the outlook may seem grim there is still so much for which to be hopeful. DFC members are rallying together to advocate for change just as we have in the last 14 years and we will continue to do the same to ensure that all Houstonians and Texans have access to quality healthcare. In the last couple of weeks, we released action statements to address the challenges we are facing, we welcome your feedback and look forward to launching events related to these statements. We have also reached out to partners to identify new ways to engage with our community and are looking forward to sponsoring events such as a lunch and learn about Climate Change and Health. We are also excited to share that we will be partnering to support an undergraduate health policy hackathon with Rice University students. DFC Committees are working on setting their advocacy and communication priorities while continue to provide educational forums for members. We look forward to sharing additional events and ideas in the coming weeks. We thank you for your support and steadfast commitment to DFC and our mission!