What is CDAUH?
The Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare (CDAUH) was spearheaded by Dr. Richard Propp in 2005 after a B’nai Sholom Shabbaton addressing the need for better and more affordable health care. Based on his experience as a practicing physician in Albany from 1968 to 1994, Richard was keenly aware of the social cost of inequity in health care. CDAUH has continued to promote improved Medicare For All as the basis for health care reform, adhering to the core principles of its founding: promotion of social justice, educating the medical community and the public, and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
Currently, we are working with partner groups in the Capital District including the Campaign for New York Health, the Saratoga Health Committee and the North Country Caucus. CDAUH’s activities include invited speaker events (in the past, we have sponsored Dr. David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program), annual Medicare birthday celebrations, educational forums held at libraries, churches and synagogues throughout the Capital District as well as distribution of educational literature at local farmers’ markets and festivals (such as the Albany Tulip Festival). Additionally, the independently produced movie Fix It, about the health care system, is used as a tool to initiate discussion at our forums.
CDAUH meets monthly at 7 p.m. on a Thursday evening by Zoom or, when possible, at B’nai Sholom. All are welcome, and you are encouraged to send a contact email to the current chairperson, Dr. David Ray, at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our listserve. The Facebook page for CDAUH is found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CDAUHC and members are welcome to post links to articles and events related to health care justice and equity.