The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation continues to educate Congress on the issue of expanded paid family and medical leave for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. On May 21, 2020, the Foundation hosted our first-ever virtual Hill briefing for Congressional members and their staff on the importance of the issue. Panelists included:
•Mary Dwight, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
•Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Public Health Expert
•Dr. Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
•Monica Bryant, Esq, Chief Operating Officer, Triage Cancer
•Katie Fielding, Teacher and Adult with CF
00:41 | Mary Dwight provides opening remarks and introduces the panelists.
14:42 | Monica Bryant provides her insights into the benefits of expanding paid family and medical leave for vulnerable populations during COVID—19.
25:53 | Katie Fielding shares her story, and many others from the cystic fibrosis community, providing examples of how people in the CF community would benefit from expanded paid family and medical leave.
31:12 | Panelists answer a series of questions moderated by Mary Dwight.
51:47 | Katie Fielding details what expanded paid leave would mean to her and her family.
53:46 | Panelists answer the final question, “What are the ramifications of removing safety nets, such as employment, during COVID-19 and as states begin to reopen?”
55:04 | Dr. Brawley reflects on the question, “How do we avoid people dying?” His answer: “We need to support people who are the most vulnerable.”