Now more than ever, it is imperative that voters participate this Election Day. Our nation is not just facing the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, but also significant unemployment, meaning millions of people are temporarily depending on federal and state programs and support. We can’t think of a more crucial time for communities to come together and make our voices heard on Nov. 3.
This year, voters will decide the future of many programs and services, such as Medicaid, which serves 72 million Americans including 1.7 million in Washington State. Here in Spokane, there are many health-related issues that affect us on a daily basis, including housing and homelessness, access to healthy food especially for kids that depend on school meals, and access to mental health services.
As leaders in Providence, we are speaking up because we believe that health is a human right, and that everyone deserves the best possible quality of life. Every vote matters. We urge you not to leave your vote on the table. Now is the time to participate in the democratic process – let your voice be heard.
The future of health must be inclusive, just and fair for all. Take action, register to vote, and learn more about the issues at providence.org/vote.
Elaine Couture, RN, BSN, MBA
Providence Executive VP
Washington and Montana regional chief executive
Peg Currie, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC
Sacred Heart Medical Center chief executive
Holy Family Hospital chief executive
Providence Health Care chief operating officer