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  • donated via 2024-05-15 17:50:56 -0400

    Virtual Tickets - Celebrating Single Payer Champions 2024 Benefit

    Not able to join us in-person? Not to worry, simply purchase your virtual tickets below!
    People attending a virtual party on a tablet screen
    We understand that gathering in-person doesn't work for everyone and we are so thankful that the ability to hold virtual programming has made our events much more accessible to folks who are far away, disabled, busy, or even just commitment-averse!

    Our suggested tax-deductible donation for virtual attendance is $250 but - at any donation level - you are invited to join us on Zoom. We will email a Zoom link upon donation to all who contribute below and a reminder will be sent the day before the celebration.
    As an added bonus: Contributions of $250 and above include membership in national PNHP!

    We are so grateful to have your support and presence in this movement!

    Looking for info on attending in-person instead? Click here!


  • donated via 2023-10-07 08:44:00 -0400

    Matching Fund Opportunity - Fall 2023

    PNHP-NY Metro’s Advisory Board has stepped up to launch a Fall Matching Fund - every dollar donated below will be matched, up to $20,000!

    Please donate below!
    This matching-gift opportunity has been made possible thanks to our incredible
    Advisory Board. Made up of an inspiring team of physicians, activists, researchers, social workers, nurses, students, and more, our Advisory Board is essential to the smooth functioning of the NY Metro Chapter. With contributions ranging from political expertise to fundraising prowess and networks that empower our programming, we could not be more thankful for their participation in our work.

    In light of the financial challenges currently facing our Chapter, our Advisory Board has taken action to raise the essential funds required to continue our advocacy efforts and sustain our invaluable staff members, Morgan Moore and Mandy Strenz.

    Morgan and Mandy are the backbone of our Chapter, and having two dedicated full-time staff members has significantly boosted our capacity to advance our mission. Over the past year, their efforts have led to significant accomplishments, including:

    🎯 Developing and executing a Universal Healthcare Legislative Advocacy Fellowship to train a new generation of health workers and students to be leaders in single payer advocacy.
    🎯 Increasing outreach to professional organizations and unions, and strategizing with coalition partners to promote the NY Health Act.
    🎯 High quality monthly educational forums with focuses ranging from lessons to be learned from the Indian Health System to the current attacks on the LGBTQIA+ community and the resulting health challenges, especially to the transgender community.
    🎯 Enhancing collaboration with movement partners to advance health justice initiatives.
    🎯 Creating relationships with state and federal legislators to educate them about the dangerous attempts to privatize Medicare that are diverting public tax dollars away from care and into corporate pockets.

    Picture of the PNHP NY Metro Single Payer Champions and Community Activist Award recipients of 2023

    Please consider contributing to the Matching Grant below - keep in mind that for each dollar donated, your contribution goes twice as far, thanks to the generosity of our Advisory Board. As always, donations are tax deductible and go directly to supporting our programming and maintaining both Morgan and Mandy on our team. We cannot carry on this work without your support.

    To contribute by check - please make checks payable to PNHP NY Metro, write "Match" in the Memo/For line, and mail to:
    PNHP NY Metro 310 W. 86th St. #6B, New York, NY 10024


  • donated via 2023-05-30 20:51:21 -0400

    Celebrating Single Payer Champions - In-person Tickets

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    Purchase your in-person tickets to attend our Reception Celebrating Single-Payer Champions below!
    For the first time since 2019, we will be hosting this annual gathering in-person to celebrate our work as a community. We’re very much looking forward to toasting our 2023 Single-Payer Champions with you all!
    You can find more information about this reception Celebrating Single-Payer Champions, our honorees, and our work here.

    If you are unable to attend in person, please purchase virtual tickets by clicking here!


  • donated via 2023-02-23 21:44:40 -0500

    Peter Smith Memorial Gifts

    Dr. Peter Smith & Dr. Patricia O'Neill looking at us and smiling warmly

    In memory of Dr. Peter Smith and Dr. Patricia O'Neill

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Peter R Smith, MD, retired pulmonologist and PNHP - NY Metro Board Member, and his wife, Patricia O’Neill, MD, a lead trauma surgeon at Brookdale Hospital, on February 17th, 2023.  Both will be greatly missed. 

    Over the past few years, Peter had been an incredibly active member of the Board of Directors of PNHP-NY Metro.  In addition to participating in the Executive and Finance Committees, Peter led the Program Committee.  His largest contribution, however, was as Chair of the Education and Outreach Working Group.  He tirelessly worked to spread information about single-payer healthcare at both the state and federal levels.  Regularly speaking at Grand Rounds and other professional meetings, Peter also helped coordinate a robust outreach program to identify grassroots groups to not only educate people about alternatives to the country’s current health system, but also to provide them with ways to engage in advocacy towards that goal.  

    Peter received his medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He served as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Co-Director of the Thoracic Center and Co-Director of the Asthma Center, director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center, and director of the Smoking Cessation Center all at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY.  Peter was a Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and was the author of more than 80 scientific publications.  He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences.  Peter served on the board of directors of the American Lung Association of Brooklyn for 15 years and was past president of that organization and the American Lung Association of New York City. 

    Voted one of the "Best Doctors in New York" by New York Magazine, Peter was also selected for inclusion in the Castle Connolly Guide, "The Best Doctors - New York Metro Area" and the Woodward White Guide, "The Best Doctors in America.”

    The family welcomes you to make a contribution to PNHP - NY Metro, below, in Peter and Patricia's honor.


  • donated via 2021-06-02 14:29:20 -0400

  • donated via 2023-05-10 17:33:10 -0400

    Invest in the movement

    Donate below! We are a member-supported organization and cannot do this work without you. Your tax-deductible contribution, no matter how small or large, goes towards organizing that ranges from the production of informational materials, direct actions, work in the community, collaborating with medical students and residents, monthly forums, building leadership, keeping the lights on and more! We need you now more than ever! Thank YOU for volunteering, showing up, and donating to help grow the movement for universal healthcare and total health justice. 

    Choose the level of support that works for you:

    Make a one-time contribution below or become a monthly sustaining donor by clicking here to help make a lasting impact on our organization by providing a steady stream of funding that we can count on.

    Take the opportunity to become a member of national PNHP!

    To become a member, make a one-time contribution below of $250 or more!


    Become a monthly sustaining donor of at least $25/month - click here!

    Gift Memberships: To honor someone with membership benefits, please email to inquire.

    To contribute by check:
    Make checks payable to "PNHP-NY Metro" and mail to:

    PNHP-NY Metro Chapter, 310 W. 86th St. #6B, New York, NY 10024

    PNHP - NY Metro is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.



  • donated via 2017-12-19 12:56:33 -0500

    Support Upstate Organizing

    $9,458.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    The PNHP Metro Chapter is committed to building a truly statewide movement for universal single-payer health care. Your donations will help us to continue this important work. 


  • signed Physicians' Letter 2013-11-21 12:16:39 -0500

    Physicians to Albany: Pass single-payer universal health care!

    Physicians and medical students, make sure the Governor, Assembly Speaker, and Senate Majority Leaders hear from New York physicians that we want a universal, single-payer health care plan.

    269 signatures

    Dear Governor, Senate Majority Leaders, and Assembly Speaker:

    We urge you to support the New York Health Act:

    Although the Affordable Care Act has made improvements in our health care system by expanding access and curbing the most abusive practices of the health insurance industry, it will not bring health care to all nor control costs. Millions will still be uninsured or underinsured—one job loss or illness away from bankruptcy. Billions of dollars will continue to be wasted by private, for-profit insurance companies. These dollars could all be going toward providing health care if we eliminated this unnecessary middleman.

    As physicians we have seen, up close, how our patients are suffering: unable to pay for their medications, tests and doctor visits. Because of this, many delay treatment until their health is in jeopardy. They are forced to choose between buying food and buying pills. They avoid costly tests and doctor visits, so that a curable cancer becomes deadly due to lack of timely treatment. Every day five New Yorkers die due to lack of health care. That’s about 2,000 lives per year in our state.

    We can do better.

    There is a growing movement across the country to push for state single-payer systems; 25 states have introduced single payer bills. New York State can lead the way to health justice with the New York Health Act. It provides publicly funded, privately delivered health care. It would save taxpayers and businesses billions of dollars while improving health care for everyone. It would change the way we treat health care: as a basic human right and not as a luxury only some can afford.

    That is why we urge you to act to pass this important bill.


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