Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building.
As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women’s healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new understanding of Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the black freedom struggle through her ideas and healing practices as a compliment to her abolitionist actions.
Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of two Black women in the nation who holds these positions. Dr. Cooper Owens also serves as Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution.
The lecture will take place Monday, February 6, 2023, at 6 PM EST. This event is open to the public. This event will be a hybrid event with in-person and virtual components. Seating is limited and registration is required by Saturday, February 5, 2023, at 6 PM to reserve your seat and/or receive login information. Register here: https://bit.ly/2023-BHML.
The in-person event will be held at MUSC’s Drug Discovery Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.
The Legislative Committee of the Charleston County Medical Society (CCMS) is spearheading a project to advance the Charity Care Expansion Act of 2015. This bill (S.1521) was introduced in the Senate of the United States by Senator Tim Scott (SC) and co-sponsored by Senator Rand Paul (KY).
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow physicians to have a tax deduction for charitable care provided equal to the amount the physician would have otherwise been paid. This bill would create a simple avenue and incentive for doctors to provide uncompensated medical care, thereby improving and expanding access to care for the uninsured.
The Legislative Committee of CCMS surveyed our membership which overwhelmingly approved to have the measure endorsed by our Society. We are seeking the endorsement of your Society along with all the medical societies in South Carolina. We plan to expand support for the Bill throughout the country. This will give Senator Scott’s office the ability to start pushing the legislative process.
Though many physicians provide medical care on a ‘pro bono’ basis, the percentage that do is steadily in decline. Through a myriad of state and federal appropriations, the hospital systems are compensated for ‘total charity medical care’. Ironically, the doctors who actually ‘care’ for these patients and for whom the hospitals are compensated and receive tax benefits don’t receive special consideration. This bill would create a simple avenue and incentive for doctors to provide uncompensated medical care, thereby improving and expanding access to care for the uninsured.
We respectfully ask for your support by generating a letter of endorsement on your society letterhead for the Charity Care Expansion Act and sending it to us at the address above or return via email to Margaret@charlestonmedicalsociety.org. Your letter can be as simple as “To Whom It May Concern: The xxxxx Society strongly endorses S.1521 (Expansion of Charity Care Act) submitted in the Senate of the United States. (signed by appropriate officer).”