On The Street Where You Live

Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, Courtney Martin & Sarita Gupta

With the numbers of individuals at home and in institutions living with life-threatening chronic conditions or nearing the end of life escalating at an unprecedented rate, the U.S. faces a crisis of care. Meeting these needs has been the lifework of activists Cynthia Carter Perrilliat and Sarita Gupta whose efforts span faith-based initiatives, grassroots programs and public policy. In conversation with community activist Courtney Martin, they explore the cultural dynamics and economic factors essential to our capacity to deliver care now and in the future.

About the Speaker

Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA is Executive Director of Alameda County Care Alliance, a faith-based program serving people with advanced illness care needs and their families/caregivers to meet their physical, psychological, spiritual and advance care planning needs. Her decade of end of life care program development for Duke University, VITAS Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and others has been dedicated to serving the African American, Latino and Asian American communities. She also serves as a Minister at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, CA.

Courtney E. Martin is obsessed with storytelling and solutions. An author, entrepreneur and weekly columnist for On Being, her latest book is The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream. She co-founded the Solutions Journalism Network, and works regularly with TED, The Aspen Institute and the Obama Foundation. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges throughout the country.

Sarita Gupta is Executive Director of Jobs With Justice and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, a coalition of 200 advocacy groups that seeks to provide quality care and dignity for aging Americans, as well as their caregivers. She is a nationally recognized activist and expert on the economic, labor and political issues affecting working people across all industries, particularly women and people employed in low-wage sectors and on issues related to home care.