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Since 1987, Physicians for a National Health Program has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. A large part of our work involves educating health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 50 million Americans who have none. Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 26,000 members and chapters across the United States.

Our members and physician activists work toward a single-payer national health program in their communities. PNHP organizes rallies, town hall meetings, and debates; coordinates speakers and forum discussions; contributes Op-Eds and articles to the nation's top newspapers, medical journals and magazines; and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.

PNHP is the only organization in the United States dedicated to implementing a single-payer national health program.

The Western Washington Chapter was initiated in the fall of 2005. Our first general meeting was in January 2006 and we have had monthly meetings since that time. We meet at the Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus Conference Centerf Auditorium the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

PNHP Washington Board of Directors

Sherry Weinberg, MD, President
and Treasurer

Dana Iorio, ARNP, Vice-President

David McLanahan, MD, Coordinator

Seth Armstrong

Betty Capehart

Hugh Foy, MD
Outreach Chair

John Kearney, MS1, UW

Kathleen Myers, DDS

Kathleen Randall, MA

Andy Wellens
Communications Chair


Advisors to the Board

Marti Schmidt, JD

Don Mitchell, MD

Mindy Blaski, MD


Duties of the Board members are to chart the course of our chapter, plan monthly meetings, elect and oversee the Executive Committee (Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary/Coordinator, and Working Committee Chairs) that will be more involved with day-to-day business. Board meetings will be held once a month and at other times as necessary. The Board may choose to meet via conference call rather than in person.

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