PeaceSmiths Forum: Single Payer Universal Healthcare

February 6, 2008 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

On Friday, February 15th at 8pm, PeaceSmiths will hold a Forum on Single Payer Universal Healthcare. The event will take place at the First United Methodist Church, Amityville.

The speaker for the evening will be 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.

There will be time for questions from the audience.

Light refreshments provided. Also, you are invited to bring literature–especially on topic– to add to the lit table. A donation of $6 is suggested, less if necessary, more if possible. For more information, please call the PeaceSmiths hotline at (631) 798-0778.

Biography of presenter Mary Reed Dewar:

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.

Mary was born and grew up in East Orange, NJ.  She then graduated with a BA from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and received an MN (Master of Nursing) from Western Reserve University ( now Case WRU) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1946 .  She was a Cadet Nurse while in school and received her RN in 1946. She also received an MA in Community Health Nursing from NYU in 1972 and did all but dissertation work on her doctorate there.

Her first career was as a missionary nurse for the United Church of Christ starting in North China, 1947-1951, where she taught student nurses and helped run a 120 bed hospital in Taigu, Shanxi with Chinese colleagues and students when there was no doctor during liberation and the change from Nationalist to Communist regimes in l948-49.  After a furlough of speaking in the USA, she was reassigned to Angola in Africa where for most of the 50’s she worked in mission hospitals teaching student nurses and running or helping run the various hospitals in Dondi and Galangue, none of which exist today because of the civil war.  Then she was reassigned to Zimbabwe doing the same from 1960-65 in Mt. Silinda and Chikore in the southwest corner of Zimbabwe on the Mozambique border.  In 1966 she was sent to Ghana for a year to replace a nurse who had taken ill.  In 1968 she was reassigned to the World Council of Churches Christian Medical Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, a new commission established to look at all the churches’ medical work around the world, survey it, establish a central bureau of the total work being done by both Protestants and Catholics and decide whether or not this is the best course for the churches to take, considering that the expense makes medical work the tail wagging the dog.

In 1970 she returned to the US to begin her second career in nursing, going first to NYU and then accepting a university teaching post at Adelphi University in the School of Nursing teaching Community Health Nursing and its clinical component, Family Dynamics, Epidemiology for the next 20 years until she retired in 1992.

Her third career as a retired nurse has led her into 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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