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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Top 10 Moments from Health Action 2016

Talia Schmidt


Whether you were a proud attendee at our 21st annual Health Action conference in Washington, D.C., or weren’t able to make it this year, our picks for 10 of the best moments from #HA2016 will help you reminisce or see what you missed. 

1. When “America’s doctor,” aka U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, made an impassioned speech about creating a society that equates health with happiness.

2. When three outstanding health advocates were honored for their hard work and efforts to make a difference at the state and national level.

[Pictured from left to right: Families USA’s Phil Villers, Reshma Shamasunder of the California Immigrant Policy Center, Mark Hannay of Health Care for All New York, Sarah Howell of Montana Women Vote

3. When Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards blew the crowd away with her motivational message about protecting women’s access to safe, affordable health care.

4. When we attended the Health Advocate of the Year awards reception Thursday evening and stumbled upon this mouthwatering mac-and-cheese bar. Were your pants feeling snugger the next morning, too? Worth it!

5. When Sister Carol Keehan of the Catholic Health Association delivered this powerful line about denying access to health care: “It's almost criminal the states that haven't rolled out Medicaid expansion." Preach!

6. Bonding with other advocates from around the country over karaoke.

7. When The California Endowment's Bob Ross outlined how advocates in his state built a campaign to support health coverage for the undocumented--a critical step toward universal coverage in this nation.

8. When Monica Simpson of SisterSong broke into song at the reproductive justice workshop. 

9. When we saw how much fun our attendees were having in the photo booth glamming it up.

10. When Chris Jennings and Tom Scully, our Democratic and Republican policy experts, went head to head at our closing plenary on the politics of health care—and AGREED that the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on health care is short on substance.