ProJo: Opinion/Katz and Clement: Health system merger demands close scrutiny

Linda Katz and Brenda Clement

Guest columnists

September 12, 2021

Linda Katz, policy director of the Economic Progress Institute and chairperson of the Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, and Brenda Clement, director of HousingWorksRI, serve as their organizations' representatives on the Protect Our Healthcare Coalition. Marjorie L. Waters, community organizer with the Rhode Island Organizing Project, contributed to this commentary.

The proposed Lifespan and Care New England merger provides a tremendous opportunity for Rhode Islanders to examine and reshape health and health care in our state. However, to achieve positive change with improvements in health, equity, access, and quality we must include diverse voices and put the public's health — and the public's trust — at the forefront of defining the system we need.

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