Check out Jacqueline Charles' article on Donna Shalala's visit to Haiti in today's Miami Herald:
Shalala to push for Haiti's health
UM President Donna Shalala and a renowned global health expert will visit Haiti to promote better healthcare in the poverty-striken nation.
Then read today's column by the fabulous Ana Menendez:
Healthcare concerns need new focus: UM
In it, Menendez writes: "Shalala is traveling to Haiti with Project Medishare, the Florida-based charity that helps train Haitian doctors, nurses, and others to treat TB and HIV. The trip will include visits and meetings with health officials.
This won't be Shalala's first visit to Haiti. Clearly, she is committed to the idea of accessible healthcare fo society's saddest cases. Now she needs to make the leap to her own bougainvillea-draped backyard.
More than 500,000 people in Miami-Dade lack adequate health insurance. Many of them are recent immigrants from Haiti and Cuba who take the thankless jobs that are subsidizing Miami's boom: hotel workers, janitors, and gardeners.
Shalala doesn't need reminding that poor access to healthcare is also a problem here -- UM doctors care for 80 percent of the uninsured who go through Jackson.
But no UM worker should be among those needing to resort to charity for their healthcare. Some 400 people clean bathrooms and mow the lawn at UM for little more than $7 an hour. What does it say about an institution of higher learning when its most vulnerable workers can't even afford a doctor?"