Green Party Show: Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare


On Friday, February 15th at 8pm, PeaceSmiths held a Forum on Single Payer Universal Healthcare. The event took place at the First United Methodist Church, Amityville. The speaker for the evening was Mary Reed Dewar of the LI Coalition for a National Health Plan. Ms. Dewar is a retired nurse, who now focuses her work on health policy.
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Mary Dewar has been active in nursing for more than 50 years. She is a member of the New York State Nurses Association (1971-), the American Public Health Association (1971-) and Sigma Theta Tau International, the honorary society for nurses since 1972.

As a retired nurse, Dewar has worked in health policy. She is on the executive board of the LI Coalition for a National Health Plan (1990-present), health policy point person on the Public Issues Committee of the LI Council of Churches (1994- and chair since 2000-present). As chair of the Public Issues committee she represents the LI Council of Churches on the boards of the LI Labor and Religion Coalition and LI Chapter of Jobs with Justice. She was on the Board of directors’ and then president ( 1998-2002) of the Nurses Association of the Counties of LI (also known as District 14 of the New York Nurses Association).

In church work she served on the Board of Directors and then as president (2000-2005) of the Parish Resource Center West. She is a delegate from the Garden City Community Church to the United Church of Christ state conference and regional Metro Association. At Metro she has started to serve on the Committee of Ordination and Ministerial Standing in 2006. In her local church she has been a deacon and serves on the Outreach and Social Responsibility Committees.

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