Sima Ladjevardian Hosts Virtual Town Hall with Houston’s COVID-19 Health Care Heroes
HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian hosted a virtual town hall with three Houston doctors treating COVID-19 patients to discuss their experiences on the front lines, the challenges they face, and their needs from elected officials.
Ladjevardian was joined by Dr. Kanene V. Ubesie, acute care general surgeon serving as Chair of Surgery and Co-director of the Surgical ICU at HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, Dr. Sidra Younus, hospitalist at Houston Methodist Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer at IMED Consultants, and Dr. Charu Sawhney, outpatient internist previously serving the clinics of Houston’s Legacy Community Health system — and one of the 100+ signees on a letter condemning Congressman Dan Crenshaw for his COVID-19 disinformation.
“The coronavirus pandemic is ravaging Houston and yet we’re still contending with public health disinformation from shameless politician Dan Crenshaw, who went to Washington as a straight talker and changed into a partisan hack,” Sima Ladjevardian said. “That’s why I want to use my platform to elevate the voices of those sacrificing the most to keep our families safe: the medical heroes serving on the front lines. In Congress, I will do everything I can to advocate for the medical community, protect the families of Houston, and guarantee the health care we deserve.”
“I’m a part of the group that wrote a letter criticizing Representative Dan Crenshaw for spreading dangerous misinformation,” Dr. Charu Sawhney said. “Science, public health, and the way this virus works does not change based on where you live or what your politics are, so we need to focus on the science and the facts. As a physician, my job is to teach people how to protect themselves. We need to keep our personal opinions and political affiliations out of it — because this virus does not care what you feel. It’s been heartbreaking to see people not wearing masks or staying socially distanced, because it goes against the common knowledge in public health on how to keep everyone safe.”
Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.
Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julian Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.