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Protect Health Care Workers

6 petitions

Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Allow U​.​S.-Based IMGs to Work in the U​.​S. for COVID-19 Support

27% of U.S. physicians are internationally trained with 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the country. AMOpportunities connects international medical trainees with clinical rotations in the United States and has a solution to our healthcare shortages. You can learn more at https://www.amopportunities.org We believe that an answer to the impending physician shortage in the United States and at present the global pandemic of COVID-19, necessitates U.S.-based international medical graduates. As such, we petition the United States healthcare system to allow IMGs to assist U.S. hospitals in any capacity. We're asking you to sign our petition to demonstrate your support and show the U.S. government and healthcare system the need for the expertise of IMGs. Our country is struggling to provide much-needed healthcare to the victims of COVID-19, which has infected more than 200,000 U.S. citizens. If we look at harder hit countries, it’s clear this number will only soar. Already, U.S. hospitals are calling on retired healthcare professionals and medical students to lend their support. Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey recently signed Executive Order No. 112 authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The rest of the country must follow suit. The 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the U.S. are the answer to strengthening the healthcare workforce and ensuring we slow the spread of COVID-19 and eventually eradicate the virus.  IMGs are limited to work by policy, geography, and cost. Many of them are unlicensed due to the lack of residency positions available. These 65,000 IMGs have medical degrees, and many have passed their board licensing exams, however these qualified near physicians cannot secure the necessary residency slots and thus can’t practice. In New York, IMGs that have completed three years of graduate medical education in a postgraduate training program accredited by the ACGME or the AOA can provide patient care services even if they’re unlicensed. This petition goes one step further. We ask all state officials and medical boards to pass policies that allow IMGs who are ECFMG certified to assist under the supervision of a licensed physician, regardless of whether they have completed any U.S. postgraduate training. The untapped knowledge and expertise of IMGs are precisely what frontline healthcare workers need to fight COVID-19. Join us as we petition the government and U.S. healthcare system to invite IMGs in the U.S. to lend their extensive medical experience. We all need to do our part to confront the uncertain time we find ourselves in.   Thank you for your support.   AMOpportunities  https://www.amopportunities.org Here are other ways you can help us gain support for IMGs in the United States to practice in the U.S. during COVID-19. 1.   Encourage your state to create an International Medical Assistance Program for a pathway to practicing in the U.S., similar to what Minnesota has done for IMGs. Washington is pushing similar action. You can see what other states have done to push a pathway for IMGs here. 2.   Encourage universities to create programs that strengthen IMGs’ likelihood in matching into U.S. residency positions, similar to this program at UCLA. 3.   Rural care has the greatest need of care from IMGs, and many live outside of major metropolitan areas, making it easier for them to practice in rural cities. Again, Minnesota has been working toward that same cause. You can also find more information here.

AMOpportunities Clinical Experiences
12,102 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to NYS Department of Health: Bureau of Early Intervention

Approve COTAs to provide Teleheath services to NYS Early Intervention Families

To: The NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention,                It is with great appreciation that the NYS Bureau of Early Intervention has indeed allowed the provision of services to our most vulnerable population via Telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak. This however does NOT apply or give authorization to Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) to currently provide this service to the Early Intervention families they are serving. These families are currently not receiving necessary and crucial Occupational Therapy services for their child causing a concern for significant regression and lack of necessary contact/training for the family itself. In addition, these COTAs are currently unemployed and unable to work due to the restrictions implemented by NYS regarding “social distancing” ie:  school closures, and the recent order from Governor Cuomo to keep all non essential workers to complete their work at home.    COTAs work under the Supervision of the Occupational Therapist but are not required to be under direct line of sight supervision. According to The NYS Office of the Professions, “The amount and type of supervision provided should be based on the ability, level, and clinical experience of the occupational therapy assistant and the setting in which the occupational therapy assistant is  providing the services. Good practice suggests that the occupational therapist supervisor participate in the services delivered by the OTA including: -Initial Evaluation -Intervention Planning and Goal Setting -Final Evaluation/Discharge    Additionally, the supervisor should periodically assess each patient's progress, and review and sign treatment notes and reports prepared by the occupational therapy assistant.”      Therefore we are asking that the Telehealth act be amended to allow COTAs to provide Telehealth sessions to Early Intervention families, under the continued supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist. We care deeply for the wellbeing of the children receiving Early Intervention services and wish to continue working with these families despite the hardship the COVID-19 virus has inflicted upon us all.     We thank-you for your time and swift attention to this matter.  Sincerely and respectfully,  New York State Early Intervention Providers and Families, specifically Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants    

Casey Spencer
1,573 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jeff Bezos, David S. Taylor, Michael F. Roman

Help Provide Front-Line Healthcare Workers With Adequate PPE!

Dear Michael, Jeff, and David, As a labor and delivery RN providing care for the most vulnerable patients (pregnant and postpartum people and their newborn babies), I write to you urgently. To tell the honest truth, my colleagues and I are terrified. We are terrified for our patients and ourselves. Every night before work we kiss our babies and wonder if this is the last time we will touch their faces and hold them in our arms - for weeks, months, or longer. My personal plan for COVID is to continue to work until I get sick. The longer I can stay healthy, the more patients I can keep safe. This is where I need your help.  As you hopefully know, healthcare providers such as myself face a severe shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) in the United States, specifically N95 masks. As my colleagues and I have been debriefed by our healthcare organizations, when it comes to COVID - the United States healthcare system is on a similar trajectory as the catastrophic outcomes in Italy. I'm having conversations with my peers about how we will care for patients gasping for air, as they wait for a ventilator that may never come. We are aware that many patients will receive palliative care if we run out of beds, ventilators or people like me to take care of them - HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. I have practiced how to don (put on) and doff (take off) PPE without spraying myself with virus particles. But I don't know how to keep myself safe if I don't have access to it. As a nurse I will continue to show up to work, and anticipate that the question of becoming infected myself with COVID is not an "if", but a "when." Michael, I am personally asking you to slow production of any non-essential medical supply product your company - 3M - produces, in order to focus on the manufacturing of PPE. I am asking you to innovate in collaboration with other large corporations who would otherwise suffer deleterious economic effects from this pandemic - repurposing factory space and supply chains to manufacture PPE. Jeff, I know you are fascinated and compelled by the resilience of the human spirit, as evidenced by your financial investments into space exploration. You strive towards a vision of human heroism and defiance of great odds. But right now, those odds are not in our ability to project ourselves as human beings into space, but to keep our fellow human beings alive in the face of an epidemic. I ask you to utilize your ingenuity and innovation to steer your company AMAZON towards the prioritizing of the delivery of life-sustaining supplies (PPE) to first line caregivers such as myself. If you have to halt 2 day delivery of 12 reams of toilet paper in the time being, please do so. Hopefully your customers will understand that having healthy healthcare providers available to maintain someone's airway is more important than having toilet paper on demand. David, I am personally asking you as the CEO of Proctor & Gamble, to step up to this challenge. We need detergent to clean scrubs. We need disinfecting wipes to clean work surfaces. Soap kills COVID virus particles … but if we don't have it, we can't use it. Regardless of how you feel about what's going on - our ability as a society to "flatten the curve" vs. focusing on our individualistic needs, all the obstacles created by our government's actions or inactions, frustrations about your company's limitations and uncertainty about our shared future - please think of me. Think of my hands I need to keep clean. Think of my lungs that need to remain healthy and strong. Think of all the patients I will be able to keep safer, for longer … if only I have your help.   Sincerely, thank you, and let you and your families be safe and well, Kate Novotny, RNC-OB CREDIT: Photo: Photo by Daan Stevens. Read this ED physician's important message that inspired this petition. CONTACT: Michael F. Roman, CEO of 3M.  Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.  David S. Taylor, CEO Proctor & Gamble.    

Kate Novotny
896 supporters