Howard Waitzkin

Partners and Resources




Matthew Anderson

is a family physician working in the Bronx, New York, and on the faculty of the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine. He is co-editor of the bilingual journal Social Medicine/Medicina Social.


Anne-Emannuelle Birn

is Professor of Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto. She is lead author of the Textbook of Global Health, fourth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (Rutgers University Press, 2013). In 2014 she was recognized as one of the top one hundred Women Leaders in Global Health.


Robb Burlage

is the founder of the Health Policy Advisory Center and the Health/PAC Bulletin. He also founded the Joint Graduate Degree Program in Public Health and Urban Planning at Columbia University. With Students for a Democratic Society, he was active in the civil rights movement in the South and in advocacy for occupational and environmental health among mine workers. He is Senior Management Consultant to the New York City Department of Health and Hospitals.


Adam Gaffney

is a writer, physician, single-payer activist, and researcher. He is a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts and is a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program. He writes widely on issues of health policy, politics, and history.

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Ida Hellander

has served as Executive Director and then Director of Health Policy and Programs at Physicians for a National Health Program and is a long-term activist for a single-payer system in the United States.

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David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler

are professors of Public Health at City University of New York at Hunter College, and primary care physicians in the South Bronx. Among their best known research is work on the high administrative costs in the U.S. health care system, medical bankruptcy, and access to medical care for the oppressed.

They co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization that advocates single-payer national health insurance for the United


Rebecca Jasso-Aguilar

holds a PhD in Sociology and is affiliated with the University of New Mexico as a Visiting Scholar. She has co-authored several articles with Howard Waitzkin on the subject of neoliberalism and health care. Currently she is engaged in ongoing research on social movements against neoliberalism in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico and Bolivia, and is an active participant in the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) in Mexico.

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Joel Lexchin

teaches health policy at York University in Toronto and is an emergency physician at the University Health Network, also in Toronto.


Carles Muntanger

originally from Catalonia, Carles is a professor of Nursing, Public Health and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has worked on social inequalities in health and health equity in Europe, North America, the Middle East, East Asia, and West Africa. His research centers around Marxian class analysis and class politics to understand and eliminate global health inequalities. He has collaborated with ministries of health around the world including those of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Chile.


Carl Ratner

specializes in cultural psychology, or the manner in which macro cultural factors organize human psychology. He has written on the psychology of oppression. Among his books and papers is Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has worked and lived in China, where he was a visiting professor at Peking University.


Judith Richter

is an independent scholar working for democratic health governance. She has served as a consultant for civil society organizations and networks, United Nations agencies, and research institutes.

Her publications include Holding Corporations Accountable: Corporate Conduct, International Codes, and Citizen Action (Zed Books).


Gordon Schiff

is general internist and Associate Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Robb Wallace

is an evolutionary biologist presently visiting the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies. His research has addressed the evolution and spread of influenza, the agroeconomics of Ebola, the social geography of HIV/AIDS in New York City, and the evolution of infection life history in response to antiviral medications. Wallace is co-author of Farming Human Pathogens and Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (both with Springer), and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press).

Further Acknowledgements and Material Supporters

In the past 50 years we have been building camaraderie  between organizations, community groups and individuals across the globe.

The struggle for healthcare and a dignified existence for all requires strength and resilience.

The following groups and resources provide vital support to working class families, veterans, and individuals — endeavors for which they have earned our utmost respect.


Mira Lee

Mira has been a long time activist, physician, healer, friend and companion in the border-less struggle for equitable and affordable healthcare. She is an expert when it comes to South Korea's single-payer healthcare system which mimics the US model in many ways and she has been one of my biggest supporters during my most difficult of tribulations.


Bradley Rydholm

Bradley has been an indispensable colleague, local advocate, activist, revolutionary and friend. His specialty is mobilizing and organizing grass roots movements as well as smiles everywhere he treads. His travels earned him experience from around the globe and he currently is a Board Member for Horizontal Stateline in the Midwest region of the US.

works with GI rights advocates and physicians to provide healthcare services for military personnel and veterans who seek aid outside of the federal system.

Horizontal Stateline Autonomous Group

A midwest grassroots movement seeking an autonomous solidarity economy and community.


(877-447-4487) provides accurate and helpful military counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights.


The Latin American Association of Social Medicine is a network of physicians and educators


works to build a service-member and veteran led movement that ends militarism by transforming themselves, military culture and American society.


the Monthly Review magazine continues its long tradition of analyzing what is new, together with the equally vital task of seeing the longer process.


encourages progressive research and strategic analysis concerning contemporary health problems.


funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change.


is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 20,000 members and chapters across the United States.


supports individuals who refuse to pay for war, and promotes war tax resistance in the context of a broad range of nonviolent strategies for social change.


is a group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists.


assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs.


The portal contains links to websites, documents and presentations devoted to social medicine. The portal began in March of 2004 with funding from the AECOM Division of Education as a “Medical Education Excellence” program.


is a production of the Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. It publishes short articles of theory, research and commentary from Marxists of all theoretical schools and academic disciplines.


intends to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants, and animals.


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