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Healthcare as a Right and Not a Privilege

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers
October 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Modern, effective healthcare should not be a privilege for the select few who can afford access, but a right, protected by law and provided to all.

Also featured after the workshop will be artist conversations from Day 3 of our Art as Resistance Gallery, with art by formerly and currently incarcerated individuals.

Workshop Facilitated by

Stacey Trooskin, MD PhD

Dr. Stacey Trooskin

Chief Medical Officer, Philadelphia FIGHT

Stacy Trooskin, MD PhD is the Chief Medical Officer of Philadelphia FIGHT and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MPH from Yale University School of Public Health, her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and her PhD from Rutgers School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Trooskin’s primary research interest focuses on health disparities and developing and evaluating innovative models of HCV testing and linkage to care. Dr. Trooskin serves as the Chief Medical Advisor to the National Viral Hepatitis Round Table and is a member of the AASLD/IDSA HCV Guidelines Committee.

Kevin Costello, JD

Director of Litigation, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Kevin Costello is the Litigation Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School and directs the Center’s health care rights enforcement. In this role, Mr. Costello leads impact litigation to preserve access to health care for low-income, chronically ill and otherwise vulnerable populations. In 2016, Mr. Costello represented the Plaintiffs in B.E. v. Teeter, a class action against a state agency that resulted in a groundbreaking injunction to reform Medicaid policy for low-income Hepatitis C patients.

Prior to Harvard Law School, Kevin was in private practice for eight years, including as a principal at Klein Kavanagh Costello, LLP. His practice involved representing Plaintiffs in complex litigation in the fields of housing, health care, civil rights, antitrust and consumer law. He has been appointed by federal courts across the country to represent classes in Multi-District Litigation, as well as in nationwide class action litigation. Kevin has brought lawsuits against major banks for broken promises arising from the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, challenged the broadcast blackout restrictions of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League and fought against the practices of law firms and banks in Massachusetts that improperly foreclosed on financially distressed homeowners. Kevin was also part of the team that litigated a series of cases uncovering systemic racial discrimination in the mortgage lending field.

Prior to entering private practice, Kevin was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, helping seniors navigate the health care system. In this role, he fought to ensure that his low-income clients were treated fairly in the roll-out of the Medicare prescription drug benefit and litigated to enforce their rights in various public benefit and health care systems.

Opening Remarks by

Jane Shull

CEO, Philadelphia FIGHT

Jane Shull is the Executive Director of Philadelphia FIGHT, where she has worked for over 20 years. In this role, she has overseen the expansion of FIGHT from a small start-up nonprofit to a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, Shull was involved in activism with ACT UP Philadelphia. Prior to her work at FIGHT, she worked at the Institute for the Study of Civic Values, developing programs to empower low income communities to take charge of their own futures. Shull has taught at the Temple School of Social Administration and at the University of Pennsylvania Urban Studies Program.

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