March 28th, 2019

News of the month — March 2019

Seong Brown, who spoke at our mental health forum and attended our Kaiser strike rally in San Francisco, talked about her daughter’s struggle to get care from Kaiser and subsequent suicide, in a story by CalMatters. The story has also appeared in the SF Chronicle. Rachel Smith, who’s son died by suicide four days before […]

March 28th, 2019

NUHW leader shares Kaiser strike insights during International Working Women’s Day panel

Following a year marked by worker strikes in female-dominated fields including mental health care, NUHW Vice President Elizabeth White reflected on December’s Kaiser strike as part of a panel discussion for International Working Women’s Day. White, a Kaiser psychiatric social worker, joined union leaders from UNITE HERE and UTLA, to talk about their recent strikes […]

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March 15th, 2019

Kaiser still in denial over patient suicides

by Sal Rosselli NUHW President Seong and David Brown have lived every parents’ nightmare. One summer, their brilliant, beautiful teenage daughter, Elizabeth, returned home from college and confided that she was having panic attacks and cutting herself. Their nightmare only got worse when they tried to get Elizabeth mental health therapy from their HMO, Kaiser […]

March 12th, 2019

Kaiser suicide victim’s parents profiled in CALmatters

After struggling for more than a year to get mental health care from Kaiser Permanente, Elizabeth Brown took her life at the age of 19. Jocelyn Wiener spoke with Elizabeth’s parents for her March 10 article in CALmatters: For families across California, a desperate struggle to get mental health care. Photo by Penni Gladstone for CALmatters

March 1st, 2019

Caregivers organize Town Hall on state of health care in Humboldt County

Over the past year, Providence St Joseph Health’s Redwood Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital Eureka have reported a combined $58 million annual profit, while laying off more than two-dozen caregivers. With Providence controlling a near health care monopoly in Humboldt County, our members, along with the California Nurses Association, held a Feb. 25 Town […]