Health and Justice Advocates at UCI
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As public health students at the University of California Irvine, we believe we have a responsibility to support and take action regarding public policy decisions that impact the health and wellbeing of Americans from all communities. We believe that everyone in the United States deserves to live, work, study and play in a healthy environment, to have access to good quality and affordable healthcare, and to live free from discrimination regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or ability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or gender identity.
This student group will engage in political advocacy efforts such as contacting state and national government representatives, starting petitions, letter, call or email campaigns, and attending events such as town halls in order to advocate around key public health issues including:
. Health consequences (physical and mental) among undocumented immigrants and their families due to discrimination, lack of access to health care, and (threats of) deportation
. Discrimination against specific racial, ethnic or religious groups in the US and its impact on health
. Preservation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)
. Access to reproductive and sexual health care services
. Climate change as a public health issue, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering climate resilience
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