Moises Duran, DHF Equality Organizer, was on the panel at the “Salud Yes” screening at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield. Salud Yes is a documentary that revolves around Grace Parra’s journey to shed light on the Affordable Care Act, and the dire affect it has on the lives of the average American. The panel was moderated by Latina comedian Grace Parra, star of the documentary. Other panelists included Julie Ortero Maymi, a local community member who was featured in the film and Stephen Schilling, CEO of Clinica Sierra Vista.
After the Screening, there was a panel discussion and Q & A where, Duran gave advice to young people on how to get involved in civic engagement and advocacy. He encouraged undocumented members of the community to enroll their children up to 19 years of age who qualify for Medical. He assured undocumented families that this information is not shared with any immigration enforcement agencies.
He also talked about his work with the Equality California Kern County Health Care Action Team and their collaboration with the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Medical Foundation that aims to provide quality medical, dental, alternative medicine and vision care, along with health education and other health services to income disadvantaged residents regardless of their age, gender, race or religious affiliations with inspiring love and humanity to both the givers and receivers. The group periodically host free clinics at Golden Valley High School.