Forum about health-care access issues planned

Sean Philip Cotter

York-area residents are invited to a meeting, inspired by the charrettes of the 1970s and '80s, where they can voice any concerns they have about accessing health care.

The "community health care concerns forum" will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crispus Attucks organization at 605 S. Duke St. in York City, according to a news release.

Carla Christopher

"Tell us how your health care concerns are not being addressed and your health care needs are not being met," organizer Carla Christopher said in the release. "This will be a space where you can speak freely and honestly about one of the most important areas in all of our lives and families."

What would a modern-day York City 'charrette' look like?

Christopher, a local activist, is the area organizer of Put People First PA, an organization focused on helping struggling people and communities. That organization is one of several coming together to put on this event; joining it are the York NAACP, Centro Hispano, York LGBT Center, LGBT Center of Central PA, Radio Centro, York YWCA racial justice committee and the York Progressives.

The release describes it as a "goal-oriented" discussion.

Christopher said people will take notes, and community advocates will be on hand to listen and discuss issues.

What was the original York Charrette?

The free forum will have snacks and children's activities available, the release states.

Christopher said the event is something of a spiritual successor to the charrettes of previous decades. Those were massive-scale meetings originally following the race riots in York City in 1969. They resulted in several changes around the York area, such as the disbanding of the city's K9 corps, which was accused of coming down harshly on black people, and, of particular relevance to this meeting, the creation of what would become the community organization Family First Health.

Anyone looking for more information can contact Christopher at or 717-814-7748.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.