Watch the recording of our Right to Health Action Web-In, “COVID-19: Not Gone, Yet Forgotten” amplifies the voices that our government has forgotten and shed light on the current and long term consequences of COVID-19 that our government is neglecting.

We refuse to accept the status quo. We know that our leaders can do better. Our government must invest in health structure and climate justice to fight this pandemic and prevent more needless loss and suffering. 

PANEL SPEAKERS

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Expert in policy modeling of infectious disease and substance use, as well as the intersection of public policy and health equity. His research focuses on the use of quantitative models for improving the response to epidemic diseases. For more than 30 years, he worked on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues with several organizations, including ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the Treatment Action Group, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. He was also a fellow at the Open Society Foundations and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2011-2012. He is a 2011 graduate of Yale College and received his PhD from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/School of Public Health in 2017. He is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

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Policy director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress. She also serves as a commissioner on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Ives-Rublee obtained her Master’s in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill and began working with disabled people to help them find work and independence in their communities at the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.  For Mia’s work on the Women’s March on Washington, she was named by Glamour Magazine as one of 2017’s Women of the Year Award. She was also recognized by She the People as one of 20 Women of Color in Politics to Watch in 2020, awarded the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC School of Social Work, and 2022 AAPI Victory Fund's Next Generation Leaders honoree.

Mia Ives-Rublee

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Community advocate from Georgia working to be a voice for her community to ensure  there is health equity and equality in underserved communities. Her passion for advocacy work has spanned more than10 years working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault both as a civilian and as a military contractor.  After graduating from high school, she served in both U.S. Navy and U.S. Army and is a proud disabled veteran. She has an Bachelor’sand Master's degree in Criminal Justice.. Erikais an active member of the Child Fatality Review Board/MDT and Clayton County Task Force. She was chosen as a Georiga Obama Fellow to assist with the re-election campaign, worked as a pollworker in GA for both recounts, and worked on Sen. Osoff’s campaign to get people registered to vote.The passing of her father from COVID-19 on April 7, 2020 led her to become an activist with Right to Health Action fighting against future pandemics. 
 

Erika Mckibben

Founder and president of the COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project, a non-profit whose mission is to advance the understanding of Long COVID and expedite solutions and assistance for Longhaulers through advocacy, education research and support. Karyn has a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and was a Firefighter/ Paramedic when infected with COVID-19 in March 2020. She sits on the advisory board of the Long COVID Research Fund serves on the Ancillary Studies Oversight Committee for the NIH’s RECOVER Initiative, a nationwide study into Long COVID, and is a single mom trying to navigate being newly disabled.
 

Karyn Bishof

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