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Health Care Team

In every congregational survey conducted at CRC, beginning in 2007, "Increasing Access to Health Care" has emerged as the strong top social action priority of the congregation. CRC's Health Care Team works throughout the year to change our health care system through advocacy and education, with the vision of a state and country where every individual can access quality, affordable health care.

In order to ensure that our efforts are strategic and effective, CRC partners with a range of organizations working on health care-related efforts, including Missouri Health Care for All, Missouri Jobs with Justice, Paraquad, NAMI-St. Louis, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. We also work with other faith congregations and organizations that share similar values about health care.

Over the past several years, our health care activities have included:

  • Holding educational forums about the Affordable Care Act, both prior to and after passage of the bill

  • Talking to state and federal legislators encouraging them to keep the Affordable Care Act, expand Medicaid and Medicare

  • Participating in a "National Day of Action" by rallying in the Central West End during the federal health reform campaign

  • Holding a non-partisan candidate forum in 2008 to ask candidates for state representative how they would make Missourians healthier

  • Participating in an interfaith rally to stop proposed cuts to state mental health and social services

Our efforts have been recognized by the Missouri Foundation for Health, which generously awarded our congregation with "General Support for Advocacy" grants in 2009, 2011 and 2012, 2015, and 2017.

Today, the need for health care education and advocacy is greater than ever. If you are interested in helping us, please contact Shira Berkowitz at shira@centralreform.org or 314-361-1564 ext. 117.