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Major Victory for Healthcare

Major Victory for Healthcare

Following years of relentless activism, the Arab-Jewish Citizens Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee achieved a major coup for the residents of Israel’s north: The government announced that it would allocate NIS 930 million to improve health services in the northern periphery. The amount will be allocated over four years. More than [&hellip

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Victory for Healthcare in Northern Israel

Victory for Healthcare in Northern Israel

While some hospitals segregate Jewish and Arab mothers in maternity wards (see story) Shatil’s Citizens’ Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee does just the opposite: it brings Jewish and Arab Israelis together to improve the dismal state of health services in northern Israel. Last week’s second annual Galilee Conference on Health Equality, [&hellip

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Galilee Mayors, Hospital Chiefs Join Forces to Improve Northern Health

Galilee Mayors, Hospital Chiefs Join Forces to Improve Northern Health

Healthcare inequality is a serious issue in Israel, especially for those living on the geographic and economic peripheries. But a group of Galilee mayors and hospital directors are working to change that. On July 14th, 20 Arab and Jewish mayors came together with the directors of six northern hospitals to fight for health equity in [&hellip

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Palestinian Israeli Town Says No to Smoking

Palestinian Israeli Town Says No to Smoking

In a country where smoking is commonplace and widely accepted, residents in the Palestinian Israeli town of Kabul are taking a stand against tobacco. In a historical first for Israel, residents of the Galilee town held an anti-smoking rally last Sunday on International No Tobacco Day. Participating wore red “Kabul says no to smoking!” t-shirts. [&hellip

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Meet Hadas Ofek: Rehabilitating the North

Meet Hadas Ofek: Rehabilitating the North

Hadas Ofek always knew she wanted to be a physical therapist. While studying for her BA and MA in neurological therapy at Tel Aviv University, she learned that physical therapy isn’t only needed by athletes or those in car accidents, but also by those ailing from brain damage. This includes victims of strokes, Parkinson’s, multiple [&hellip

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Health Equality in Israel’s North

Health Equality in Israel’s North

Health care gaps in Israel have grown to alarming levels. Particularly concerning are the gaps in care and status between the north and center of the country. The first annual Galilee Conference on Health Equality, organized by Shatil’s Citizens Forum for Health Equality in the Galilee, worked to address these gaps. Some 160 Jewish and [&hellip

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New health initiatives aim to bridge gaps between center and periphery

New health initiatives aim to bridge gaps between center and periphery

The Ministry of Health has allocated 12 staff positions to a pilot program that enables people coping with a psychiatric emergency to recover in the community rather than in a psychiatric hospital. The dearth of rehabilitation facilities in the north of Israel will be lessened with the opening of a rehab center in the Northern [&hellip

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Celebrating Seven Years Of Disability Rights Activism

Celebrating Seven Years Of Disability Rights Activism

  SHATIL is always imagining and implementing new ways to empower ordinary Israelis. Seven years ago, SHATIL and the David Yellin College of Education graduated the inaugural class of a first-of-its-kind course designed to turn Israelis with disabilities into social justice activists. This year we’re celebrating the seventh anniversary of the course and its many [&hellip

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Consulting Magic

Consulting Magic

Say you have a group of ex-psychiatric patients who want to empower themselves and others to take responsibility for their own recovery. Say these people meet in an effort to dream, strategize, and plan and implement projects. They may be teachers and lawyers and carpenters but they’re not professional organizers or facilitators. How does this [&hellip

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