Complete Preventative Care
Preventative care must be thorough and complete. Focus is presently on “not getting sick”. As vital as that is, preventative care has to help you get healthy and guide you towards healthy living as well. To do this, we need to implement a system whereby your PCP, specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists, dieticians, and fitness experts work together. All of which will be covered by your insurance.
Support the use of cannabis as an opiate substitute
Cannabis-based medicines should replace opiates whenever possible. Their pain-relieving properties are no longer hypothetical nor anecdotal. The National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering released a landmark report finding conclusive evidence proving its effectiveness in treating chronic pain. Additional research on cannabis has shown promising results as a safe and effective treatment for addiction.
Implementation of non-opiate alternatives and medications, however, is not enough. I will hold prescribers and pharmaceutical companies responsible by working alongside the Attorney General to implement strict regulatory action to prevent them from ever causing this kind of disaster again
Update Education and law enforcement protocol
We need to emphasize rehabilitation-over-incarceration as the norm, not the exception. Students must be taught about drug use not through fear and shame, but through scientific facts and real-world examples.
Mental Health reform
We must address how mental health is viewed in the scope of medicine. A primary care physician (PCP) should not be the one deciding what antidepressants and antipsychotic medications a patient should take. Referral to a psychiatrist should be the first line of action. To make this work, we have to increase the number of mental-health professionals on the Cape. I propose anyone residing here who wants to pursue a career in mental health care will receive tuition-free education with guaranteed job placement.
Defending LGBTQ+ and Women’s Health:
The Massachusetts legislature must pass the ROE Act immediately to protect thousands of women and transgender individuals in our commonwealth. We must recognize absolutely that abortion is health care and that our state laws must be current, up to date, and able to withstand a rollback of reproductive freedoms via the Supreme Court.
Maternity Care – Due to an aging population, lack of opportunity, youth retention deficit, and medicaid reimbursements being so low for OB, hospital maternity programs can’t survive. The maternity ward at Falmouth Hospital has closed leaving Cape Cod Hospital as the sole option for expecting mothers. The South Coast of MA is seeing similar maternity closures limiting access for women in need of a safe facility with a trained staff to deliver and care for their newborns. As we move to retain our youth and keep families on Cape Cod, we must push for maternity and pediatric expansion. In addition to in-patient maternity services, Cape Cod needs a Planned Parenthood outpatient facility to provide access to our locals in need.