A candid, up-to-the-minute conversation on where the debate stands, what is missing, and how we continue to advocate from here to ensure that the overhaul of our broken healthcare system provides affordable access for all Americans.
With Crystal Haling of the Blue Shield Foundation, Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future, and Anthony Wright of Health Access California, and moderated by Tom David of the Community Clinics Initiative.
Tom David is Senior Strategist for the Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment. Until July, 2004, he was Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of The California Wellness Foundation, Vice President of the S.H. Cowell Foundation and Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Health and on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. He was the recipient of the 2002 Terrence Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health. David has written extensively on philanthropy, organizational learning and social change.
Crystal Hayling has been a leader of philanthropic organizations and an advocate for women, minorities, low-income families, and children for over 20 years. She is currently the President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation where she continues her long-time commitment to helping underserved communities. Previously, Hayling served as the senior advisor for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and the director of special projects at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she helped establish and run the Oakland-based Medi-Cal Policy Institute, a public policy think-tank dedicated to improving and expanding California's Medicaid program.
Hayling has held leadership positions at the California Wellness Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. In 2008, she was the recipient of a 10th Anniversary Madame C. J. Walker award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and she is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. For the past three years, Hayling has been honored by San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.
Roger Hickey is a founder and co-director of the Campaign for America's Future. He was also one of the founders of Americans United to Protect Social Security, a coalition of citizen leaders representing consumers, workers, women, seniors, young people, civil rights advocates, and community activists - united to strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Americans United is now working on Medicare prescription drugs and other issues. Hickey also helped found the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington think tank that looks at economics from the point of view of working Americans. Hickey served as EPI's vice president and director of communications. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Hickey began his career in the 1960s as an organizer for the Virginia Civil Rights Committee and the Southern Students' Organizing Committee.
Drummond Pike is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Awarded as an Outstanding Foundation Professional, Pike helped pioneer the advent of donor advised funds in philanthropy.
Through his leadership, Tides has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. Pike was a founder and Associate Director of the Youth Project in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation from 1976 to 1981. He was among the original founders of Working Assets, a telecommunications company dedicated to progressive philanthropy and political activism.
Anthony Wright is Executive Director for Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition which has been a leader in both state and national efforts to fight health care budget cuts, to win consumer protections, and to advance comprehensive health reform and coverage expansions. Wright led fights to pass a first-in-the-nation law to set standards for timely access to care, and a first-in-the-nation law against hospital overcharging of the uninsured, and to win a prescription drug discount program despite an $80 million industry campaign against it.
A consumer advocate and community organizer. Wright has been widely quoted in local and national media on a range of issues. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore's office in the White House.
Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, argues the intensity of the healthcare debate is being driven by a greater conversation about government's role in the lives of its citizens.